Jar with Horned Serpents and Interlocking, Hatched-and-Black Stepped Designs

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

950/1400

Artist:

Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi), Socorro Black-on-white
West-central New Mexico, United States

About this artwork

Horned or plumed serpents, mythical entities associated with the life-giving power of water, have an ancient history in the art of the American Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast. On the shoulder of this vessel, twin highly abstract serpents stretch out from a central point, from which rises a series of superimposed stepped chevrons. The chevron is a symbolic motif widely associated with mountains, springs, rivers, and rising thunderstorms. The overall composition of this jar suggests the symbolic representation of a sacred landscape and the ritual summoning of water.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Artist

Ancestral Pueblo (Anasazi)

Title

Jar with Horned Serpents and Interlocking, Hatched-and-Black Stepped Designs

Origin

New Mexico

Date

950 AD–1400

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

42.6 × 41.3 cm (16 3/4 × 16 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward and Betty Harris

Reference Number

2004.1143

Extended information about this artwork

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