Mimbres Black-on-White Geometric - CA. 1100-1350

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. However, geometric motifs are at least as common. These usually consist of a band of decoration extending partway into the bowl. Some bowls have allover decoration. Fine lines and relative intricacy distinguish this type from the earlier Mangas Black-on-White.

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

Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16271/6


BOWL

11-1/2" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16164


BOWL

12" diameter, 10-3/4" high
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16163/2


BOWL

10" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16142/2


BOWL

8-1/4" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16135


BOWL

10-3/4" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16145


BOWL

9-1/2" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16272/3


BOWL

9" diameter
Mattocks Ruin
Mimbres, New Mexico
LMA 16155