Mary Histia (1881-1973) was a master potter at Acoma creating traditional and particularly fine black-on-white examples prior to the 1920's. According to Rick Dillingham in his classic book Acoma & Laguna Pottery, Histia then adopted the tourist and gallery influenced revival in the 1920's and beyond. Figure 18 in that book on page 162 is a full page illustration of a smaller jar than mine, “made by Mary Histia” in 1931 and with designs elements very similar to this jar. Dillingham's description could describe my jar: “A revival of earlier allover red-slipped pottery, this jar has a design that includes 2 large medallions with bird and floral motifs and geometric fill elements. The white spots painted on the bird have been common at Laguna and Isleta nice the advent of the tourist period.” Histia experimented in form, slips and designs. The white on the flowers was likely added by Histia, post-firing. Her large examples are exceedingly rare, adding to the fascination of this dramatic jar.
Condition: some minor scuffs, but excellent for its age
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: New Mexico clay with native and natural vegetal and mineral paints|
|Dimensions: 15 1/2 in. tall x 18 in. diameter|
|Primary Classification: Arts of the American West : Native American Pottery|
|Secondary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|The attribution of Mary Histia is based on a astonishingly similar jar identified by Rick Dillingham in his classic book Acoma and Laguna Pottery (see Figure 7.7, page 162). For an excellent description of traditional pottery making techniques at Acoma including mineral paint types, see the book The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo by Dwight P. Lanmon and Francis H. Harlow.|
|Provenance: A Santa Fe collection|
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