This corrugate pattern, cooking jar is a replicate of one found in Pueblo Bonito (Chaco Canyon, New Mexico) in 1929. It was used in a PBS documentary filmed by Engel Entertainment in 1999. Signed and numbered (under rim): Swink 1325. Together with artist's certificate.
The Anasazi (Ancient Ones) are thought to be ancestors of the modern Pueblo Indians, and inhabited the Four Corners country of southern Utah, southwestern Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, and northern Arizona from about A.D. 200 to A.D. 1300.
The artwork of master potter Clint Swink is included in the permanent collection of the White House and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, American Archaeology, National Geographic, and in documentaries on both The History Channel and PBS.
Message from the artist Clint Swink:
I recently ran across and old friend, pot #1325. It was my first “cannibal pot” and was made for the PBS documentary “Cannibals in the Canyon” produced by Engel Bros. out of NYC and chronicled the indisputable proof of cannibalism in the Southwest by the relentless work of forensic anthropologist Dr. Christy G. Turner and his wife Jacqueline.
One of the Turner’s discoveries was “pot polish” on the ends of broken human bones. It was proven that this polish happened during the boiling from the abrasion caused by the rough pot interior surface.
My job was to boil a mutton stew and produce a visual for the show, but an unplanned event, the sound of the bubbling, stole the show. It was such a strong visual and audio that they used it 4 times in the show and invited me back later for a History Channel show called “Cannibals.” Who knew a cannibal-pot-potter could be in demand and pots could be movie stars!