Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy Vessel

Accession Number

Red Mesa Black-on-White Bird Effigy Vessel


Artist Nationality
Pueblo (Native American style)

Object Creation Date
circa 1000

Medium & Support
mineral paint on earthenware

3 11/16 in x 2 1/2 in x 3 11/16 in (9.37 cm x 6.35 cm x 9.37 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Estelle Titiev, from the collection of Mischa Titiev

Subject matter
Birds played an important ceremonial role in Ancient Puebloan cultures, and appear in designs on pottery as well as in three-dimensional effigy forms, such as this pot. 

Physical Description
This mug-sized vessel has a bulbous body, a narrower tall neck, and handle. It is beige with black painted geometric and striped design.

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Pueblo (Native American style)
birds (motifs)
vessels (containers)

6 Related Resources

Before 1492
(Part of 3 Learning Collections)
Indigenous North America Arts
(Part of 9 Learning Collections)
Regions of the United States
(Part of: Teaching United States History through Art )
Cabinet T: Shelf 3
(Part of: Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery)
Work by Indigenous Artists in UMMA's Collection
(Part of: Representation and Misrepresentation of Indigeneity in UMMA's Collection)

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On display

UMMA Gallery Location ➜ AMH, 2nd floor ➜ 205 (Albertine Monroe-Brown Study-Storage Gallery) ➜ Cabinet T ➜ Shelf 3