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Medium Black Vessel

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Pre-Columbian Anonymous,
Medium Black Vessel, n. d.
Earthenware
3 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. x 8 3/4 in. (9.53 cm x 22.23 cm x 22.23 cm)


Object Type: Ceramic
Technique: Coil-built
Period: Pre-Columbian
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.199


Commentary
This was probably a cooking vessel, as it is very plain, with no paint, and shows much wear. This piece has no identifying number; it is temporarily identified by it's location.

Marks
There is "96" written on the upper edge in white.

Medium
Dark earthenware body, coil-built, unburnished with no design.

Object Description
Precolumbian vessel or bowl, black from reduction in the fire. Widest at the top, and narrower at the base. There is a slight inward curve to the upper lip, and a loop handle at the top edge, 1 1/2" long. The vessel is of a dark earthenware body, coil-built and unburnished. There is a small ball of clay attached at the lip 3" from the handle. It is an irregular asymmetrical shape and roughly formed. It was probably used as a cooking vessel, and shows much wear. There is a dent in the clay that was caused during the formation, which is seen on the bottom interior. There is no design or decoration. This is a piece of cookware, with a patina on the interior caused by cooking residue.

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