The Testimony of Hands


65.24.120, ceramic jar
Chupadero Black-on-white (A.D. 1150–1550)
Made in Central and Southeastern New Mexico
North-Alves collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

Chupadero Black-on-white was made in New Mexico, in an area extending from Gran Quivira to the Capitan Mountains. It was widely traded—this example was collected in Chihuahua, after being traded there in prehistoric times

One of the hallmarks of "Chup" (the nickname, pronounced "choop") is sawtooth designs where the tips of the saw teeth touch, creating parallelograms. Archaeologists use such clues to identify sherds (pottery fragments) in the field.

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