Fish Effigy Jar - ROM2019_17362_11


Fish Effigy Jar

Maker: Casas Grandes Culture
Geography: Casas Grandes Valley, Mexico
Date: AD 1200 - 1400
8.2 X 12.4 cm
Object number: HMC41
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. This pot is in the shape of a fish, complete with fins and a tail. Many of the fish depicted in ceramic from Casas Grandes can be identified to species, and the majority of them are from the ocean which is more than four hundred kilometers away. Marine fish bone and shell are also found at Paquimé, lending support to arguments that Paquimé's trade routes streched to the sea. 
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