AD 1000-1250, Mexico
Description: Appraisal96 Faded black on white bowl. Central fish figure bordered by a geometric design. Flaking paint near rim. Narrow repaired crack runs halfway across bowl. Two pieces broken from center have been reglued. Small hole left in bottom near fish fin. Exterior, side of bowl has three marks resembling those left by masking tape. Donated in 1982 by William P. Palmer III. 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.