TOHONO O'ODHAM BLACK ON RED BOWL circa 1890
This has the odd off-red color that only seems to occur on early Tohono O'odham ware, and it's the main reason we gave it the early date. We showed this on page 133 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 157 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art, and we feel it's an excellent example of what the O'odham were making for Tucson-area tourists in the late 19th century. Before the railroads came, Tohono pottgery was mainly known for giant storage and wine jars, but it didn't take them long to figure out what fit in tourists' suitcases.
4-1/2" diameter x 2-7/8" high
Condition excellent considering its age, minor abrasion on lower body