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Babicora Polychrome Jar with Stepped Motif - ROM2019_17403_5

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Babicora Polychrome Jar with Stepped Motif

Maker: Casas Grandes Culture
Geography: Casas Grandes Valley, Mexico
Date: AD 1200 - 1400
20.1 X 21.5 cm
Object number: HMC127
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. It was also a major producer of ceramics, which are characterized by complex geometric designs. Babicora-style pots such as this one are believed to have been made earlier in the site's history because of the thicker lines and simple motifs used. The pots often feature repeating elements in black and red.
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