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Culture:Native American; Tribal Affiliation Unknown
Title:Cup with Handle
Date Made:n.d.
Materials:clay with firing marks, interior glazed with thick greenish glazing
Place Made:United States
Measurements:1 1/4 x 2 3/4 in. diameter rim; 3.175 x 6.985 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1984.35.29
Credit Line:Transfer from Smith College Science Center

This cup with a handle is made out of red clay. Painted with a brown rim, it might have originated in a Southwestern Pueblo. AP2018

Label Text:
"Throughout much of the Rio Grande area and in the Zuni villages glaze decorated pottery came into use. The glaze was not applied to the entire vessel but was used for painting designs. In the Rio Grande drainage its principal ingredient was lead ore and in the Little Colorado area it was copper. Glaze paint has a marked tendency to run and it was a difficult medium to control. These wares are, on the whole, less aesthetically appealing than most of the earlier forms. Some were two-colored, others were polychrome. In the case of the latter dull paints were often combined with glaze. Backgrounds were red or cream colored shading to yellow. Designs were usually in brownish black, but in the Zuni area there was some use of a green glaze." (H. M. Worthington with A. Neal, "Museum Pictorial: The Story of Pueblo Pottery". Denver: Denver Museum of Natural History, 1951, p. 36). This piece differs in that the glaze is not used for painting designs, but to coat the inside of the vessel, where it has puddled, and is randomly streaked on the outside of the vessel as if by carelessness.


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