Bowl with Two Jackrabbits (Primary Title)

Unknown (Artist)

ca. 1000-1140
Mimbres
Ceramics
Containers-Vessels
ceramic with pigment
Southwest, United States
Overall: 3 7/16 × 6 13/16 in. (8.73 × 17.3 cm)
2016.95
A departure from the geometric shapes in other southwestern ceramic traditions, the finely painted figures of animals and people on Mimbres bowls have been studied by scholars to determine how the Mimbres conceived the surrounding world. For instance, southwestern cultures saw a rabbit in the shadows if the moon, instead of imaging a man on the moon like some western cultures. The circularity of the two rabbits figures that are set against a white background on this bowl, as well as the crescent shape on the underside of the upper rabbit, may reflect this concept.
Gift of Robert and Nancy Nooter
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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