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A.4676.39-130 - Polishing Stone
Catalog Number: A.4676.39-130
Object Name/Descriptor Polishing Stone
Provenience North America, USA, Southwest
Date Accessioned 05/22/1914
Material Type(s) Stone
Height (cm) 2
Length (cm) 3.8
Width (cm) 4
Diameter (cm) 4.06
Other Information Associated Text from the Native American Hall (1992-2006):

Basketmaker Caves

Stones like these are used to polish pottery before it is fired. Good polishing stones improve with use and are passed from generation to generation. Many modern Pueblo patterns use inherited stones just like these.

Preservation and Perception
The factor of preservation in the archaeological record exerts a great influence on how the past is viewed. Textiles, pottery vessels, and lapidary arts from various Pueblo sites are shown. All three art forms have long histories within the Pueblo tradition. However, because pottery is often preserved complete in the archaeological record it is the best known.
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