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Native American Pottery114 of 366Ancient ArtifactSanta Clara Pueblo Pottery by Denny Gutierrez (1942-2013)
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    Posted 3 years ago

    beyemvey
    (214 items)

    I purchased this back in the '80s from a retired US Navy officer who had been stationed in the Panama Canal Zone back in the '60s-'70s. He had brought it back as a souvenir, but it was not as you see it now. He opened a cardboard box and pulled out a paper bag with about six or eight fragments. I surmised that at one time the bowl had been broken as part of a sacrifice ritual, or perhaps just ended up in a trash midden. I purchased it "as is" and carefully reassembled it using a water soluble glue. I am told that the fish represent river fish... (Piranhas?) The one intact fish has a clay ball inside representing an egg. I can only surmise that the other fish also had eggs too before that had broken off, but those are lost to time. The egg rolls around when shaken, so the bowl could probably be used as a rattle. I suspect this is pre-contact, but I certainly don't know that for sure. It sits on a high shelf in my library where I don't disturb it for fear of shattering it again. I left it a bit cobwebby for the pictures to capture the "Indiana Jones" aesthetic quality. Approximately 6" tall. It has a couple of small loops on either side where perhaps a lid could have been tied on.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      interesting!!!
    2. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks Sean... definitely a departure from my usual art glass :-) Cheers! - Bob
    3. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 3 years ago
      You did a great job with the glue! I think it's a super piece.
    4. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl - I was very careful not to use something that I couldn't reverse if needed.
    5. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      :-) SpiritBear :-)
    6. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Gracias ho2cultcha!
    7. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Appreciated olebodie :-)
    8. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      :-) Karenoke :-)
    9. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Cool Caperkid :-)
    10. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Nice to see you CindB :-) Cheers! - Bob
    11. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Appreciate the kind thought Vetraio!
    12. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Hello bijoucaillouvintage & iggy!!!
    13. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Thanks for stopping in fortapache!
    14. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      More research... information... Chiriquí attribution... likely is an unpainted example of Group2... "Fish-Tripod-Handled ware" Full article from American Anthropologist Volume 37, Issue 2...
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/aa.1935.37.2.02a00040/pdf
    15. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Page 237 - see above...
    16. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Dates to c. 800-1200 CE
    17. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Gracias Rick55!
    18. beyemvey beyemvey, 3 years ago
      Appreciate the look & love kyratango :-)

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