Museum of New Mexico Press


Painted Reflections

Isomeric Design in Ancestral Pueblo Pottery

Scott G. Ortman, Author
Joseph Traugott, Author

PAINTED REFLECTIONS examines design in Ancestral Pueblo pottery from various museum collections in the Southwest. The concept of isomeric design is based on an analogy with isomers in chemistry, which refers to compounds that are chemically identical but have mirror-image structures. The authors, an archaeologist and an art historian, use isomeric design to describe the use of paired forms that can be perceived as reversible on painted pottery. This book provides a new and fascinating perspective on Pueblo art and culture. Presenting one hundred examples of Pueblo pottery from various museum collections in the Southwest, PAINTED REFLECTIONS takes a closer look at the psychology, history, and cultural significance of this unique aspect of Ancestral Pueblo painting, providing fascinating insights into the very foundations of Pueblo culture.

Trim: 10.5" x 9.5"

Pages: 136

Illustrations: 50 color plates, 60 figures

Native American Art




Jacketed Hardcover $37.50