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  • Description

    Bowl made of pottery with painted black and red geometric designs on the outside. The base of the bowl is uneven.

  • Ethnic name

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 12 centimetres
    • Diameter: 9.8 centimetres (at mouth)
    • Diameter: 25.3 centimetres (at shoulder)
  • Exhibition history


    1996-97, London, Museum of Mankind (Room 3), 'Rain: Native American Peoples of the Desert Southwest'

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 July 1996

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean illip


    Surface dirt

    Treatment details

    Surface cleaned using cotton wool swabs dampened with distilled water on the yellow painted areas only. Black and red pigmented areas found to be fugitive in water and were brushed with a soft brush only. Pencil markings underneath left. Firing crack in base OK

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  • Acquisition notes

    Acquisition details unknown. An attached undated note states that this object was "unclaimed for ten yrs".

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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