AD 1000-1250, Mexico
Description: Appraisal96 Black on white bowl. Two deer with geometric designs covering their sides. Surrounded by the same design as a border. Hole, center bottom. Cracking, chipping, flaking. Donated by William P. Palmer III in 1982. From the Mimbres culture, the bowls were often found in gravesites. Certain bowls were used as mortuary vessels. These were placed over the head in burials. Their bases were ceremonially "killed" to allow the spirit of the bowl to accompany the deceased's spirit into the future world.