HM 99: Human Figure Holding Two Fish, AD 1000-1250, Mexico HM 99:Human Figure Holding Two Fish
AD 1000-1250, Mexico

Description: Appraisal96 Faded black on white bowl. Human figure holding two checkerboard design fish. Surrounded by geometric triangle design. Triangle decorated with lines and checkerboard. Hole, bottom. Chipping around rim. 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. This object was among 21 items taken to New York for exhibition at the Hudson Museum "cultivation event" hosted by Nicolas M. Salgo. The objects were viewed at Salgo's penthouse apartment Wednesday, 14 April 1999.