List of illustrations

  • The Indian Room in the Alvarado Hotel, Albuquerque
  • Apache basket weavers at work in the Indian Building at the Alvarado Hotel, Albuquerque
  • In the 1920s the Fred Harvey Company provided chauffeured, touring car visits from its La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe to nearby Pueblo communities
  • Map of the Ancient Southwest
  • Timeline of the Southwestern Ceramic Traditions
  • Timeline of Southwestern Ceramic Traditions
  • Aerial view, looking southeast, over the partially excavated site of Paquimé with the west-side ceremonial monuments in the foreground
  • Map of the Casas Grandes area and its larger Southwestern cultural sphere
  • Sketch map of Paquimé
  • Plan of Paquimé
  • Aerial view of the southern portion of Paquimé
  • Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
  • The Rain Dance, Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico
  • Barrier Canyon: the rock-shelter stage with pictographic protagonists
  • Barrier Canyon pictographs
  • The Maze, Canyonlands National Park, southeastern Utah
  • Basketmaker III wide carrying tray from Canyon del Muerto
  • Basketmaker III burden basket from Pictograph Cave, Canyon del Muerto, Arizona
  • Aerial view of Snaketown, Pinal County, Arizona
  • Ballcourt at Snaketown, with its western half completely excavated
  • Shoulder jar with fish and snake images
  • Cauldron with a line of dancing figures
  • Flared-rim bowl with spiraling motifs
  • Shoulder cauldron with diagonal, basketry pattern
  • Bell-shaped shoulder olla with diagonal, geometric bands and scroll appendages
  • Seed jar
  • Olla with basketry pattern of horizontal diamond bands and hourglass designs
  • Olla with basketry pattern of horizontal diamond bands and hourglass designs
  • Olla with crossed bands framing diamond-shaped panels
  • Macaw effigy vessel with interlocking, black and hatched serrated scrolls
  • Olla with a quadripartite format of four right-angle bands terminating in serrated frets and scrolls
  • Olla with a quadripartite format of four right-angle bands terminating in serrated frets and scrolls
  • Olla with horned serpents and interlocking, hatched and black stepped designs
  • Olla with linked serrated scrolls on a field of fine-line hatching
  • Olla with a shoulder pattern of chevrons, and a lower register with a pattern of alternating squared spirals and zigzag squares
  • Cutaway illustration of a Shabik'eshchee village pithouse, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, Basketmaker III, c. AD 600–700
  • Aerial view of Pueblo Bonito Great House, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
  • Plan of the Swarts Ruin, Mimbres Valley, New Mexico, c. 1100
  • Principal formats of Mimbres pottery designs
  • Bowl with a geometric design creating a four-pointed star
  • Bowl depicting an ant lion and a four-part linear and scroll design
  • Bowl depicting a pair of white rabbits
  • Bowl depicting a pair of anthropomorphic quadrupeds
  • Bowl with squatting figure and a quiver
  • Bowl depicting a fish-tailed horned serpent
  • Bowl depicting a masked kachina-like serpent impersonator
  • Bowl depicting possible ballplayers in action
  • Bowl depicting a performance with trained parrots
  • Bowl depicting a quail hunt and two seated figures accompanied by a woman, an infant, and a cradleboard
  • Bowl depicting a masked antelope hunter holding a bow and arrow, attended by a similar figure
  • Bowl depicting part of an emergence myth with a Hero Twin riding a large mosquito, with a burden basket below
  • Bowl depicting a male figure holding a ceremonial fish banner suspended on a pole
  • Bowl depicting a snake dancer
  • Bowl depicting a legendary hero-hunter wearing a heron headdress and a quiver, with an attendant rabbit hunter
  • Jar with both a plumed serpent and a macaw-headed serpent
  • Jar with both a plumed serpent and a macaw-headed serpent
  • Jar with a red stripe and an oblique band with interlocking scrolls and a zigzag design
  • Jar with a red stripe and an oblique band with interlocking scrolls and a zigzag design
  • Bowl with a tripartite rotating design
  • Bowl with an asymmetrical cruciform design
  • Jar with a double-reversed P-shaped motif and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with a double-reversed P-shaped motif and macaw-head motifs
  • Knobbed jar with a zigzag band and interlocking scrolls
  • Jar with two pairs of modeled serpents with four abstract faces
  • Jar with two serpents with modeled heads and diamond-back patterns
  • Seated male smoker effigy vessel with dotted circles
  • Jar with modeled quail and a double-macaw-headed diamond motif
  • Jar with modeled quail and a double-macaw-headed diamond motif
  • Seated male smoker effigy vessel with feathered-and-horned serpent leg markings, a feathered cross-band, and a shoulder wrap with dotted circles
  • Female effigy vessel with a double-macaw-headed diamond motif on her back
  • Columnar moiety stelae with effigy heads and tabletas
  • Cruciform jar with macaw-head and checker motifs
  • Macaw effigy vessel with a diagonal band of stepped scrolls and macaw-head motifs
  • Macaw effigy vessel with a diagonal band of stepped scrolls and macaw-head motifs
  • Fish effigy vessel with a zigzag band and macaw-head motifs
  • Fish effigy vessel with a zigzag band and macaw-head motifs
  • Bowl depicting a pair of birds
  • Bowl depicting a pair of avian-fish composite creatures
  • Hemispheric bowl with a bisected, geometric composition around a reserved center
  • Bowl depicting parrots encircling a medallion
  • Bowl depicting a mythological scene of a crane swallowing a decapitated human head
  • Jar with black and white interlocking scrolls, checkerboard, hatching, and banded designs
  • Jar with black and white interlocking scrolls, checkerboard, hatching, and banded designs
  • Jar with two faces with modeled features, ticked circles, and feathers
  • Jar with a figure on one knee with plumes and a ball, and a standing figure with plumes
  • Jar with a figure on one knee with plumes and a ball, and a standing figure with plumes
  • Jar with large scrolls and two pairs of faces with modeled features
  • Jar with two standing human figures with feathers at elbows and hands
  • Bowl with antelopes standing on fish, surrounded by stepped-fret and floral designs
  • Jar with two faces, one with modeled features, both with painted feathers
  • Jar with two faces, one with modeled features, both with painted feathers
  • Jar with two flying plumed figures
  • Seated male smoker effigy vessel with raised right knee and facial markings
  • Hemispheric bowl depicting a mythical fish man
  • Anthropomorphic fish figures identified as the Younger Son of Sun (left) and the Elder Son of Sun (right)
  • Jar with four stylized human faces and four angled black-on-white bands on a red ground
  • Olla with a complex band of geometric motifs
  • Bowl with an interior composition of interlocking spirals
  • Shouldered jar with an asymmetrical, open band of opposing standard or banner motifs
  • Bowl with a pair of macaws and, on the exterior, four groups of interlocking lines and triangles
  • Bowl with a pair of macaws and, on the exterior, four groups of interlocking lines and triangles
  • Bowl with an interior painting of a standard or banner motif in black glaze on white
  • Bowl with a complex, asymmetrical, bisected geometric composition of opposing and interlocking angles
  • Hemispheric bowls with quartered geometric compositions
  • Bowl with geometric designs, possibly including an abstract butterfly
  • Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning in Sedona, Arizona, with Ernst's "Capricorn," created in 1948
  • Max Ernst with his collection of Hopi kachina dolls
  • Pictographic mural with anthropomorphic figures accompanied by a plumed serpent
  • Portion of a pictographic mural with a figure bending as if harvesting grain (center) and vegetation sprouting from the finger of another figure (above)
  • Casa Rinconada, a prehistoric Great Kiva
  • Betatakin, a prehistoric Pueblo cliff dwelling
  • Hopi village of Walpi, northeastern Arizona
  • The well-known Hopi-Tewa potter Nampeyo building the walls of an olla by adding clay coils
  • Nampeyo firing her pottery
  • Nampeyo with some of her finished pottery
  • Hopi Snake Dance, Walpi, Arizona
  • Hopi Snake Dance, Mishongnovi, Arizona
  • Jar with linked diagonal bands and hatching
  • Jar with hatched scrolls and stepped motifs
  • Jar with a zigzag band and macaw-head motifs in cartouches
  • Jar with a zigzag band, diamonds, and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with a zigzag band, diamonds, and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with a figure wearing a macaw headdress and feather costume, suggesting the transformation of human into macaw
  • Rendering of a cave painting depicting a chieftain seated on an earth-monster throne, wearing a ceremonial bird-of-prey attire
  • Pyramid of the Plumed Serpent
  • Rendering of a stele depicting a ruler attired as a macaw; sky band above with a descending ancestor figure
  • Macaw effigy vessel with collars of ticked circles and other birds
  • Macaw effigy vessel with collars of ticked circles and other birds
  • Jar with a human figure with feathers at elbows and hands and a bird with a human leg
  • Jar with a human figure with feathers at elbows and hands and a bird with a human leg
  • Bottle with an abstract form combining a human arm and leg with a macaw-head motif
  • Jar with two horned-and-plumed serpents, macaw-head motifs, and birds
  • Jar with two horned-and-plumed serpents, macaw-head motifs, and birds
  • Jar with serpents with modeled heads
  • Jar with serpents with modeled heads
  • Pictograph of a terraced pallet surmounted by a frog, alluding to mountains, clouds, and water as symbols of fertility
  • Pictograph of a human figure wearing a terraced headdress and holding a cornstalk
  • Petroglyph 1
  • Terraced bowl with horned-and-plume serpents and tadpoles
  • Jar with interlocking, serrated scrolls
  • Olla with cross motifs inside circles against a background of corrugated designs
  • Olla with interlocking hatched and black stepped motifs, and tab shoulder designs
  • Olla with serrated and curled triangles
  • Seated male effigy vessel with red hatching and swastikas
  • Seated male effigy vessel with black, cross-shaped motifs
  • Seated male effigy vessel with black, cross-shaped motifs
  • Olla with abstract bird motifs
  • Bowl depicting a locust effigy rattle
  • Bowl depicting childbirth
  • Bowl depicting two figures, one coupling with a deer, the other riding upon its neck
  • Bowl depicting a human figure with serrated "cloud terrace" (?)
  • Bowl depicting a circle of linked supernatural figures and an animal in a dance
  • Bowl with serrated concentric circles
  • Bowl with a white cross with scrolled ends
  • Bowl with bird-wing motifs
  • Jar with bird-wing motifs, feathers, and diagonal serrated bands
  • Jar with bird-wing motifs, feathers, and diagonal serrated bands
  • Jar with scrolls, bird-wing motifs, and split terrace designs
  • Jar with a zigzag band of dotted circles
  • Jar with a serrated zigzag band and fine-line hatching
  • Jar with horizontal bands of interlocking scrolls and dotted circles
  • Jar with dotted-square diamond-shaped frames, and hatched and black stepped designs
  • Jar with interlocking scrolls, diamonds, and a vertical zigzag
  • Jar with interlocking scrolls, diamonds, and a vertical zigzag
  • Jar with serrated bands of fine-line hatching and red and black triangles
  • Jar with a zigzag band of eclectic elements
  • Jar with vertical red stripes and double bands of stepped scrolls
  • Macaw effigy vessel with black and hatched scrolls
  • Macaw effigy vessel with modeled quail
  • Macaw effigy vessel with modeled quail
  • Jar with double-headed bird diamond motifs and abstract birds
  • Jar with double-macaw-headed diamond motifs
  • Macaw hooded effigy vessel with macaw-head motifs and skewed diamonds
  • Jar with modeled quail, linked diamonds, and diagonal bands of stepped scrolls
  • Jar with modeled quail, linked diamonds, and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with zigzag motifs, macaw-head motifs, and birds
  • Jar with zigzag motifs, macaw-head motifs, and birds
  • Jar with semicircles with geometric elements, and quail (?) on the bottom
  • Jar with semicircles with geometric elements, and quail (?) on the bottom
  • Jar with a zigzag diagonal band of scrolls, and quail (?)
  • Jar with diagonal bands of diamond motifs and macaws
  • Jar with a composite creature with a macaw head and a human leg
  • Jar with abstract, birdlike creatures and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with abstract, birdlike creatures and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with birdlike creatures
  • Jar with diagonal, serrated bands and macaw-head motifs
  • Bowl with stepped terraces and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with macaw-head motifs, P-shaped motifs, and abstract human faces
  • Jar with macaw-head motifs, P-shaped motifs, and abstract human faces
  • Jar with macaw-head motifs and skewed diamonds
  • Jar with scrolls and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with scrolls and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with macaw-head motifs, abstract birds, and a vertical zigzag band
  • Jar with macaw-head motifs, abstract birds, and a vertical zigzag band
  • Bottle with a zigzag band and macaw-head motifs
  • Bottle with a zigzag band and macaw-head motifs
  • Jar with two pairs of serpents with modeled heads
  • Jar with two pairs of serpents with modeled heads
  • Jar with two serpents with modeled heads
  • Jar with two modeled serpents with ticked circles
  • Jar with four serpents with modeled heads, and diagonal bands with zigzags
  • Jar with two serpents with modeled heads, skewed diamonds, and large circles
  • Fish effigy vessel with both a horned serpent and a macaw-headed serpent, and birds
  • Fish effigy vessel with both a horned serpent and a macaw-headed serpent, and birds
  • Jar with two horned serpents
  • Jar with two plumed serpents, birds, and P-shaped motifs
  • Jar with two plumed serpents, birds, and P-shaped motifs
  • Bottle with two plumed serpents
  • Jar with a pair of serpents with scroll-like plumes
  • Jar with a pair of plumed serpents
  • Bowl with abstract plumed serpents
  • Jar with two human figures marked with crosshatches, and an abstract plumed serpent and a zigzag band of geometric scrolls
  • Jar with two human figures marked with crosshatches, and an abstract plumed serpent and a zigzag band of geometric scrolls
  • Seated male effigy vessel with raised right knee, crosshatches, dotted bands, and zigzag markings
  • Human and macaw effigy vessel with zigzag bands and stepped facial markings
  • Seated male effigy vessel with raised right knee, a serrated band, serrated macaw-head motifs, and zigzag markings
  • Seated male effigy vessel with raised right knee, a serrated band, serrated macaw-head motifs, and zigzag markings
  • Jar with four faces with modeled features, two with feathers on cheecks, and bands of geometric designs and dotted circles
  • Jar with interlocking bands of geometric motifs
  • Olla with a continuous band of geometric designs
  • Olla with diagonal serrated scrolls and geometric designs
  • Olla with diagonal serrated scrolls and geometric designs
  • Bowl with a continuous spiral of zigzags and stepped motifs
  • Bowl depicting two masked figures, possibly kachinas
  • Olla with two abstract serpents, hatched spirals, crosses, and terrace motifs
  • Bowl depicting an abstract face, possibly a kachina, above an abstract bighorn sheep head
  • Bowl depicting a macaw and stepped-fret rim design
  • Bowl depicting a bird with outstretched wings
  • Olla with an abstract, double-parrot hourglass motif
  • Olla with four paneled areas containing feathers, crosses, and stepped-fret motifs
  • Canteen with four-quarters layout with a pair of woodpeckers and a pair of smaller birds
  • Canteen with four-quarters layout with a pair of woodpeckers and a pair of smaller birds
  • Seed jar with three abstract, birdlike figures
  • Seed jar with four-quarters layout of abstract feathers, stepped frets, and dotted squares
  • Bowl depicting a lizardlike creature with an unidentified appendage
  • Bowl depicting an altar figure with dragonflies and spattering
  • Bowl with a bisected design of spattering and a standing ritualist holding a macaw
  • Bowl depicting a kachina, probably the head of Palhik mana (Corn Maid)
  • Seed jar with Sikyatki motifs
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Description: Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
As one of this country’s greatest encyclopedic museums, the Art Institute of Chicago has a long-standing commitment to study, display, and communicate knowledge about the heritage of the world’s peoples. Thus, we play a crucial cultural and civic role in our region, our country, and our wide international community. There is no substitute for displaying original works of art, and it is through the presence of such invaluable objects that the museum is able to present some five thousand years …
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Description: Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
This book and the exhibition it represents belong to an ongoing series at the Art Institute of Chicago concerning the art, architecture, and ritual geography of ancient Indian traditions in the Americas. The remarkable ceramic art of Casas Grandes, produced between A.D. 1280 and 1450 in desert communities of Chihuahua, Mexico, and adjacent parts of southern New Mexico, Arizona, and far southwestern Texas, has remained almost unknown and unexplained in terms of its significance in the …

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Description: Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
Those who sojourn in the Southwest with an eye for the landscape and an interest in American Indian art and culture will always remain profoundly affected by the sweep of the setting and the ancient communities with deeply rooted traditions. The region is dotted with a multitude of archaeological sites, from the Rio Grande in New Mexico to the plateau of northern Arizona and the eroded canyons and mountains of nearby Utah and Colorado, and southward over the Mogollon Rim into the desert basin …

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Description: Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
Casas Grandes culture came to prominence in the late thirteenth century, and afterward influenced a large area of northern Mexico and southern portions of the Greater Southwest until the last decades of the fifteenth century. During its Medio Period (A.D. 1280–1450) the culture produced an astonishing variety of finely made plain, textured, and painted ceramic vessels in an impressive array of types, iconography, manufacturing techniques, and forms. The majority of these vessels were new to …

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Description: Casas Grandes and the Ceramic Art of the Ancient Southwest
The Southwest touched my imagination when, as a college student in Nebraska in the early 1960s, I received a letter and some photographs from my friend Deane who had stopped in Arizona while traveling west; she described the towering rock formations around Sedona and the studio she was renting, once the residence of Surrealist artist Max Ernst, who left behind a yard still strewn with sculptural fragments. Among these was one that I was amazed to identify as the original for his famous 1948 …

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Vessels depicted in the following plate section continue the representation of objects—begun in the preceding essays—that are included in the accompanying exhibition. Our understanding of the inventive designs of Casas Grandes artists and the cultural phenomenon to which they belong is only beginning, and it is therefore important to be broadly inclusive, expanding an awareness of Casas Grandes pottery within a context of the other Southwestern ceramic traditions to which it is related. The …

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