Jar in the Villa Ahumada polychrome style - HMC108_1


Jar in the Villa Ahumada polychrome style

Maker: Casas Grandes culture
Geography: Casas Grandes, Chihuahua State, Mexico
Date: AD 1200-1400
21 x dia. 13 x dia. bowl 19.5 cm
Object number: HMC108
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionIn the Chihuahuan desert of northern Mexico, the Casas Grandes culture flourished in the regional centre of Paquimé from 1200-1400 AD. Paquimé is the largest known ancient Puebloan town and was a massive trade centre that specialized in exotic goods like macaws, turquoise, and sea shells. It was also a major producer of ceramics, which are characterized by complex geometric designs. Because of the wealth this trade brought, the people of Paquimé were able to build ball courts, large ritual mounds, complex irrigation systems, and elaborate tombs for elites.
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