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Three concentric rim bands are mirrored by a circular band and a central open field. Two opposing figures with quail bodies and bear heads are poised on a ring of center circle which is the "kill." The dark ground between the figure holds the hatched stop motif, squares, and triangle.


Collected by 1979 and exhibited in "The Bank Collection", Deming, New Mexico; to Amerind Art, Inc., Santa Monica, California, by 1990; purchased by MFA, 1990, from AMerind Art, Inc.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by the Seth K. Sweetser Fund and supporters of The Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Native American (Mimbres), Prehistoric, Classic Style III, 1000–1150

Object Place

Mimbres River Valley, New Mexico, American Southwest, United States


Overall: 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.) Diam. (Overall): 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware