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This stylized version of a bird (the volutes inside the romboid shape would probably represent either its wings or the wind it flew through) is a very good example of a ceramic tradition that covered much of Northwestern Mexico and the Southwestern United States.

Zoomorph vessel
Northern Mexico
Late Classic (900-1340 A.D.)
Casas Grandes, State of Chihuahua
Clay with cream, red and black pigments
17.5 x 22.5 cm.
National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico.

Photo © Jorge Pérez de Lara