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Mimbres Black-on-white is a prehistoric pottery type made by the Mimbres people of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona. These artistically creative people lived from about AD 1050 to AD 1150 and were the culmination of a long Mogollon tradition in the area. Their decorated bowls are well known to collectors and are prized for the carefully painted and highly imaginative figural and geometric decoration they carry. The Mimbres also made a number of engaging effigy pots like this depiction of a mountain sheep.
The bird is a Bullock’s oriole, sometimes seen in southeast Arizona uplands.