This is a beautiful old jar with vivid color and a warm well handled and used surface. In addition to the 4 birds, there are rainbow bands, heart-shaped flowers, bisected leaves and berries. Coloring varies (adding a 5th brown color), a natural and welcome outcome of the outdoor natural firing process. The jar also leans a bit, adding a warmth from a time when such an “imperfections” did not detract from a pueblo view of beauty. Our modern exacting standards have led, for example, to the virtual rarity of traditional firing and harsh judgement of modern pottery that is not perfectly symmetrical and finely detailed. This is a fine jar to cherish from a more innocent time.
Condition: original, unrestored with surface wear
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: New Mexico clay with native and natural vegetal and mineral paints|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|Secondary Classification: Arts of the American West : Native American Pottery|
|For an enjoyable romp through images of many birds on 19th century Acoma pottery, see chapter 17: Birds, Circa 1820-1920 in in the book The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo by Dwight P. Lanmon and Francis H. Harlow. Figures 17.13 and 17.14 show jars with somewhat similar parrots.|
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