AD 1000-1250, Mexico
Description: Appraisal96 Ochre on white bowl. Turkey surrounded by geometric border design. Badly cracked. Repaired. Piece missing - part of turkey's back missing. 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.