Ramos Polychrome Jar with Snake Belt Motif - ROM2019_17401_1

ROM2019_17401_1

Ramos Polychrome Jar with Snake Belt Motif

Maker: Casas Grandes CultureCasas Grandes Culture
Medium:Ceramic
Geography: Casas Grandes Valley, Mexico
Date: AD 1200 - 1400
Dimensions:
20.3 X 21.5 cm
Object number: HMC100
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 producer of Ramos-style pottery, which is characterized by complex geometric designs. The running band of dotted circles seen on 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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