This pot, which dates A.D. 1200-1450, is from an area north of the Casas Grandes Archaeology site in Mexico. It depicts four small birds around the rim. Do you think these are the Northern Flicker, a woodpecker? Notice the mirrored image of the birds that sit across from one another; one pair has a collar around its neck and the other does not. This is one of many Casas Grandes vessels featured in the exhibition “Birds: Spiritual Messengers of the Skies” at the Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum Hill in Santa Fe. Catalog 20765/11
Credit: Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
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