Villa Ahumada Polychrome Jar - ROM2019_17409_13


Villa Ahumada Polychrome Jar

Maker: Casas Grandes Culture
Geography: Casas Grandes Valley, Mexico
Date: AD 1200 - 1400
16.2 X 19.2 cm
Object number: HMC95
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. 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. The settlementwas also a major producer of ceramics, which are characterized by complex geometric designs. This is an excellent example of the spiral motif that is common in the style.
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