This full arch Mesa Verde series olla houses a classic cliff dwelling.
These dwellings are found
throughout the extreme northern Mesoamerican region know today as the American
Southwest. Many of these apartment like architectural structures were constructed with expert
workmanship and finely cut stone. The keyhole or tee-door openings that appear in towers and
buildings may represent a dualism relating to major ceremonial structures of the Mesoamerican
region. The shape of the vessel is a modified form of the classic Gila Shoulder ollas from the
Hohokam culture of the Central Arizona region. © 1995