Ancient Puebloan (Anasazi)
Southwest region (United States) Pitcher (Socorro Style), twelfth century
7 3/4 x 7 1/2 inches
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Gift of the Regis Collection,
The Socorro style features a stark white clay slip
that covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel and contrasts
with the black painted geometric designs. The artist utilized
her own variations on the standard repertoire of double- and triple-step
patterns, zigzags, and hatching, carefully proportioning the designs
to emphasize the part of the vessel on which they are painted.
This pitcher is typical of the high-quality ware produced by the
ancient Pueblo peoples of the eleventh to fourteenth centuries.