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|Circa 1880, North America, Zuni|
This is a very fine Zuni pottery polychrome olla. It is very good sized, 9 ½” tall by 13” in diameter. For want of a better term this jar has a very strong, a significant presence and while it is in very fine, unrestored condition, there is enough sign of normal ethnic wear to give it that warmth that comes specifically from pueblo home use.
The dark brown painted rim, existence of the puki (a Tewa word meaning a tray or mold in which the base of a pot is placed during pot construction) impression on the bottom, and the high somewhat flattened shoulder would seem to place this fine jar in the 1880’s using some of the criteria in Jonathan Batkin’s classic work “Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico, 1700-1940”.
This olla has many traditional Zuni design features including a rather understated rainbird, a well drawn and painted central medallion, and a series of small birds parading around the mid-body which perfectly draws attention to the jar’s ample size. There is cross hatching, a stylized arrow and a number of other design elements in the neck with double framing lines separating the neck from the mid-body. The red color in the medallion, birds and some geometrics is rich and satisfying drawing the eye, but not overdone.
Of course, early work like this is never signed at Zuni so the artist remains unknown to us. But we can be grateful; this is the work of a master potter; a lovely historic olla in wonderful original condition.
|Location of Origin: North America|
|Medium/Materials: New Mexico clay with native and natural vegetal and mineral paints|
|Dimensions: 9-1/2 in. tall x 13 in. diameter|
|Primary Classification: African Artwork, Ethnographic & Tribal Arts : Native American Clothing and Antiques|
|Secondary Classification: Arts of the American West : Native American Pottery|
|In their exhaustive and beautiful book the Pottery of Zuni Pueblo, Harlow and Lanmon devote chapter 10 to Zuni Polychrome: Rosettes, Daggars, and Wide-Line Houses. One of the rosettes (medallions) illustrated in Figure 10.2, is very similar to this one and designated as circa 1860-1870. Zuni pottery form can be a clue to date of origin. This jar, in form, is similar to one illustrated on page 172 of Batkin's Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico 1700-1940 and also designated as circa 1880. Clearly the jar is from the the mid-1800's to about 1880.|
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