Polychrome Jar with Snakebelt Motif - ROM2019_17382_1


Polychrome Jar with Snakebelt Motif

Maker: Casas Grandes Culture
Geography: Casas Grandes Valley, Mexico
Date: AD 1200 - 1400
Object number: HMC144
Not on view
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. The settlement was also a major producer of ceramics, which are characterized by complex geometric designs.The running band of dotted circles around the neck of this vessel is called a snake belt and is commonly found on elite burial urns and shamanic pipes. This link between powerful political and religious community members suggests that there was likely some overlap in their roles.
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