The Imperial Valley Desert Museum has a unique collection of pottery that was found along the California/Mexico border. It dates as far back as the year 0 CE and is very different than most of the pottery we are used to seeing in museums of the American Southwest. One reason may be because it doesn’t appear to be the kind of high end pottery that has been collected on the shelves of enthusiasts for the last several hundred years. It was probably not traded for it’s beauty. Instead it had an important function. It is extremely beautiful in it’s own right and gives a peek inside the aesthetic mind of the Yuman people of the Sonoran desert.

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