Painted Ceramics of the Western Mound at Awatovi

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Author: Smith, Samuel Watson (1897-1993)

Year: 1971

Publisher: Harvard University Press/Peabody Museum

Place: Camridge


xxii+630 pages with color frontispiece, plates, diagrams, tables, charts, drawings, illustrations, color chart in back pocket and index. Quarto (10 1/2" x 7 1/2") bound in original publisher's pictorial wrappers. Note on technology by Anna O Shepard. Papers of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Number 38. Reports of the Awatovi Expedition Report number 8. First edition.

J. O. Brew was organizing the Peabody Museum ofHarvard's excavation program at Awatovi, a major pre- and post-conquest Hopi village. He had met Smith in Colorado in 1933. When he again met him in Flagstaff, he invited him to join the Awatovi Expedition. Smith's arrival in the summer of 1936 coincided with the finding of a kiva with extensive painted murals. Because no one else was available, Smith was asked to tackle the problem of exposingand recording these remarkable artistic and religious records. He has written, "That. . . beginning turned out to be one of the bonanzas of the whole expedition. In subsequent summers numerous painted kivas were discovered, some of them very, very elaborately painted, and since I had undertaken that phase of the operation, I continued it, devoting almost all my time for four years to it."


Corners bumped, extremities rubbed, spine lightly sunned, pencil notation on dedication page else very good.

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