The Testimony of Hands


Found north of Grants, New Mexico

70.60.18, Gallup Black-on-white pottery vessel
Ancestral Puebloan culture (A.D. 1000–1125)
Morton Sachs Collection
Photograph by Dave Lundy

Gallup Black-on-white can be considered a "dye marker" for the Chaco phenomenon, along with Chaco Black-on-white. Both pottery types are characterized by bold designs with hachuring (fine parallel lines) instead of solid paint. Gallup Black-on-white tends to be less carefully painted than Chaco Black-on-white, and also tends to have filled-in triangular tips (as you can see in this example.

At the time, similarly hachured pottery was widespread in the Ancestral Puebloan world, suggesting that Chacoan ideas spread far beyond the actual extent of that cultural phenomenon.

If you live in or vist Las Cruces, New Mexico, you can see this Maxwell Museum vessel on display at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum.

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