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Animals often appear in pairs when painted on bowls, but the fish on this is solo. Mimbres potters sometimes painted fish in such detail that their species can be identified. This fish awaits identification but might be a bone fish. In ancient times Mimbres and other Southwestern people consumed local fish. Dried fish imported from the Gulf of Mexico may have also figured into the Mimbres’ diet.
diameter 11 in ; height 5.25 in