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Fourmile Polychrome Bowl


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Medium size, deep, in-curved bowl with rounded sides and bottom; rim is slightly thickened and beveled. Construction is by coil and scrape and all surfaces are polished. The white paste is tempered with some sand and black fragments; crushed sherd may be present, but is difficult to discern in the white clay. A thick, red slip coats the interior and exterior. The interior decoration is painted in a thick, black vitreous paint and depicts a stylized bighorn sheep. The sheep body and head are composed of hatchured triangles and the horns a hatchured spiral. Framing lines average 3-4mm and hatchure lines 1-2mm. The black design is outlined in white kaolin, with stepped right triangles representing the feet and chin. The exterior decoration consists of a repeated, circling, non-interlocked F design, boardered on the top and bottom by thick black framing lines. This bowl represents classic Fourmile style. Broken and glued. No restoration. Found in East Central Arizona. This item is guaranteed to be of the time period and condition as described, has been exported legally and is legal to buy and sell under all international laws relating to cultural patrimony.

PERIOD: Middle Ages

ORIGIN: Arizona, United States

SIZE: 18-18.5cm D; 8.4cm Deep; 4.6-5.6mm Wall

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