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The Mimbres people lived in southwestern New Mexico from about A.D. 200 until the 1100s. Between A.D. 1000 and 1150 these farmers produced spectacular painted pottery; what many consider the most aesthetically sophisticated of the ancient art tradition in North America. Their bowls and jars were painted with graphic sophistication, whimsy and inventive power. This type of jar was probably used to carry water from the river. They were used until they broke so there are only about 20 relatively complete large jars known.
diameter 13.25 in ; height 12.25 in