A Quantitative Method for Recognizing the Same Hands in Mimbres Black-on-White Pottery

Part of the Mimbres Pottery Images Digital Database (MimPIDD) (DRAFT) project

Author(s): Michelle Hegmon; Will Russell

Year: 2013


A number of researchers have sought to identify the works of individual Mimbres artists in the archaeological record. Steven LeBlanc recently called for the development of quantitative methods through which to assess such identifications. In this paper, we propose such a methodology. Through a process of pair-wise, micro-stylistic comparisons, we demonstrate how bowls painted by the same hands are linked in chain-like fashion. By “same hands”, we refer to an individual or group of closely collaborating individuals. Our method takes into account diachronic development of artistic skill, variation in subject matter, and the transfer of style and technique between artist and apprentice. Results generated by our method can contribute to larger theoretical issues and research questions (see Hegmon and Russell 2012).

Cite this Record

A Quantitative Method for Recognizing the Same Hands in Mimbres Black-on-White Pottery. Michelle Hegmon, Will Russell. 2013 ( tDAR id: 377853) ; doi:10.6067/XCV89C6WRF

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Mimbres Mogollon


Investigation Types
Collections Research


Geographic Keywords
Mimbres River Valley

Temporal Coverage

Calendar Date: 550 to 1150

Spatial Coverage

min long: -109.611; min lat: 31.325 ; max long: -104.886; max lat: 34.931 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): Michelle Hegmon; Steven A. Leblanc

Sponsor(s): Arizona State University (ASU)


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