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Really Old Bowl?

Robby Raccoon

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Jun 14, 2014
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I'm having difficulty trying to figure out a time and place this bowl came from.

It was made on a wheel, has uneven earthen deposits, and has a ringed foot. The paint is faded as is indicated by better paint under what was wet terracotta that chipped away, having preserved the coloring for a long time.

No, I didn't dig it up.

 

slugplate

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Jul 7, 2016
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I agree with above commenters, it does look Native American. Looks like it could have been a small bowl for herbs. I'm no specialist is that area, it's just a reaction to what I've seen. The only thing, NA's used a bit more color and uniform geometric patterns. Lines look amateur, but that doesn't mean it can't be NA.
 

Brewster113

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May 9, 2019
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Branchton, ont. Canada
This page shows many Anasazi bowls, the design on yours appears a little cruder than most of what is shown and the shape is not one I recognize, but unless you can analyze the clay and determine where it comes from you will not know for sure. Many indigenous cultures used much of the same materials and symbols.
Bruce
 

Robby Raccoon

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Jun 14, 2014
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Thanks, everyone, for your replies.
Since the designs were not well-executed, do you think it was meant specifically for selling to tourists/collectors back in the day or is a falsely aged fake?
 

embe

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Jul 14, 2019
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This page shows many Anasazi bowls, the design on yours appears a little cruder than most of what is shown and the shape is not one I recognize, but unless you can analyze the clay and determine where it comes from you will not know for sure. Many indigenous cultures used much of the same materials and symbols.
Bruce
It stood out to me that most of those google examples show the pattern on the inside of the bowl vs outside...whether that's significant or not?
 

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