Babbitt Gallery

Histories in Clay


MNA cofounder Harold Colton was instrumental in creating the classification system scientists still use to sort the vast array of prehistoric Southwestern ceramic design styles, manufacturing techniques, and cultural traits. The coalescence of these views is expressed in the exhibit Histories in Clay, which features about 150 prehistoric and contemporary ceramic vessels from both the Babbitt Collection and MNA Collections.

Also in the Babbitt Gallery is a display specifically covering ancient to modern Zuni pottery, a display of contemporary Navajo pottery, and the Tim’s Cave pottery and basket fragments. Tim’s Cave, a site abandoned for 500 years, was discovered in 1991 in cliffs near Sedona. The display covers the discovery, the loss and return of the objects in the cave, and the touching story of how the cave got its name.