The Testimony of Hands


Found near Grants, New Mexico

70.60.1, Socorro Black-on-white pottery vessel
Ancestral Puebloan culture (A.D. 1050–1300)
Morton Sachs collection
Photograph by B. Bernard

Socorro Black-on-white was made at the end of the ancestral Puebloan tradition of pottery fired in a reducing atmosphere, with black paint on a white clay slip. The tradition began about A.D. 500. It died out after A.D. 1300, as local people began firing decorated pottery in an oxidizing atmosphere (which allowed reds and yellows). Socorro Black-on-white was made in the Rio Grande Valley between Albuquerque and Socorro, and in the Rio Puerco (east) drainage west to Grants.

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