Mimbres Black-on-White Figural - CA. 950-1300

Mimbres Black-on-White is perhaps the most recognizable of the southwestern types, most likely because it is the only type which consistently bears figural subject matter. Animals, insects, fish, humans and mythological subjects are common. These beasts are usually highly conventionalized, and often resemble those found in pictographs, or rock art. Though many have studied these figures, no one has provided a convincing explanation of their meaning.

Characteristics

Paste: Gray to red
Temper: Quartz sand with occasional mica
Surface: Thick white slip on painted surfaces, often untreated on exteriors
Forms: Primarily bowls
Design: Figural designs executed with fine lines. Rims usually treated with multiple fine lines.


BOWL

7-1/4" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16103


BOWL

8" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16109


BOWL

6" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16115


BOWL

8-1/2" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16183


BOWL

7" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 22482


BOWL

9-3/4" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16289


BOWL

12-1/2" max. diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16121


BOWL

6-1/2" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16130