The Crow Canyon Mug is modeled after a Mesa Verde Black-on-white mug from the Mesa Verde area of southwest Colorado. Mesa Verde Black-on-white designs usually consist of banded layouts, often with several thin concentric bands above and below a band of design, and rim decorations (like the ticking on this mug). The clay for these mugs was gathered locally and rolled into long strips and coiled to form the mug shape.
Mugs are a rare vessel form in Ancestral Pueblo pottery and are found almost exclusively in the Central Mesa Verde Region during the late Pueblo II and Pueblo III period in the 12th and 13th centuries (A.D. 1100-1200). Mugs were likely used for a wide range of functions and are found on archaeological sites in both ritual and domestic contexts. The Crow Canyon Mug is based on one excavated by the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center at Sand Canyon Pueblo between 1984 and 1993. At large Pueblo III period sites like Sand Canyon and Goodman Point Pueblos, mug fragments (or sherds) were found in both residential and public (or ritual) spaces.
The Crow Canyon Mug was designed by Crow Canyon Archaeological Center artist and educator, Paul Ermigiotti, and has been produced and hand painted by artisans at Ute Mountain Ute Pottery in Towaoc, Colorado.