The catalog Beauty From the Earth: Pueblo Indian Pottery from the University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology serves as an accompaniment to the traveling exhibition of the same title (University of Pennsylvania, 1990).  The exhibition, featuring over one hundred pieces of pottery drawn entirely from the Museum's southwestern collection, explores the aesthetic and expressive qualities of this ancient art tradition over a period of one thousand years.  Among the pottery included in the exhibition are pieces made by the Anasazi, ancestors of the modern Pueblo people, as well as examples of pottery made at the western pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Zia, Zuni and the Hopi villages of First Mesa.

The major essay by renowned art historian J. J. Brody traces the development of southwestern pottery from the prehistoric Anasazi through modern Pueblo.  A section on pottery technology examines the different types of clays and details the pottery-making process.  Rebecca Allen has contributed an essay on the history of the Museum's southwestern collection, providing insights into the personalities of collectors and the ways their personal tastes affected the contents of their collections.  The catalog includes a compendium of the 104 objects in the exhibition, each accompanied by a photograph.

J.J. Brody
112 pages, University of Pennsylvania

Beauty From the Earth

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