Jar with Two Plumed or Horned Serpents with Birds and P-shaped Motifs

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

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.

Date:

1280/1450

Artist:

Casas Grandes, Ramos Polychrome
New Mexico, United States, or Chihuahua, Mexico

About this artwork

Zigzagging around the surface of this jar are two abstract serpents with plumes or horns emerging from their red heads, gaping mouths, and bodies filled with checkerboard patterns, triangles, concentric circles, and fine-line hatchings. Feathered or horned serpents were supernatural beings combining the attributes of snakes and birds. Serpents, able to move between the surface and interior of the earth, and birds that fly into the air were agents of communication between the human world, the tiers of the cosmos, and the sacred forces seen and experienced in the natural landscape.

On View

Arts of the Americas, Gallery 136

Culture

Casas Grandes

Title

Jar with Two Plumed or Horned Serpents with Birds and P-shaped Motifs

Origin

New Mexico

Date

1280–1450

Medium

Ceramic and pigment

Dimensions

21.6 × 24.1 cm (8 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward and Betty Harris

Reference Number

2004.1146

Extended information about this artwork

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