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Effigy jar

Casas Grandes effigy jar
AD 1200–1450
Paquimé, Chihuahua, Mexico
Clay, paint
23 x 18 cm
Collected by Edward Ledwidge
Presented by Harmon W. Hendricks

Casas Grandes (also called Paquimé) in Chihuahua flourished from about AD 1200 to 1450 as a center of ritual and commerce, closely related activities. This vessel appears to depict a figure carrying a pack supported by a tumpline across the forehead. Such traders traveled along trails that stretched from Paquimé for hundreds of miles in every direction. Characteristic Casas Grandes pottery is red and black on buff polychrome. Forms include bowls, jars, and distinctive human and animal effigy vessels.

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