Listen to Tessie Naranjo on art, pottery, and museums
The woman or women who created this work may have descendants in more than one contemporary Native-language community. In an effort to be both respectful and accurate, Mia has left this label untranslated.
The majority of Mimbres pottery displayed in museums is unearthed from burial sites and taken from the deceased. Out of respect to all visitors, Mia chooses not to display objects found in Native burials. These works are some of the few Mimbres ceramics that were found in domestic spaces. This is significant because it indicates that bowls of this type were used in everyday contexts. They were made around 900–1000 CE by the Mogollon people, ancestors of present-day Puebloan peoples. Notice the abstract designs executed in a three-dimensional form and the representations of people and animals in the sherds.