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Kayenta Handled Bowl


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Small handled bowl or "cup" with an unusual split "thumb" handle. The handle is curved up, but only one end joins the body. Round bottom with out-curved sides; a small constriction just below the rim causes the rim to flare-out slightly. Medium/dark gray paste with fine grained, sand temper. Deoration is confined to the exterior and consists of black carbon paint applied in a negative style on a white slip. The design is offset quartered in an a,a,a,a rhythm, and rotates counter-clockwise. It uses using the trellis underframe technique to form interlocking solid and hatched steps. The slip has partially oxidized gray during firing and is smudged on the exterior in some places. The white square formed on the bottom as a result of quartering is left undecorated. Found in Kayenta Province, Arizona, Southwest of the San Juan Drainage. One crack glued. 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: Late Antiquity

ORIGIN: Arizona, United States

SIZE: 12cm D; 6.5cm H; 3.5-4mm Thick

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