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19th Century Well-used Zia Pueblo Polychrome Olla

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Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Materials
  • Size: 10-3/4” x 12-1/2” diameter
  • Item # MM146
  • Price: $12,500.00

This is an extraordinary well-used olla from Zia Pueblo, created between 1840 and 1860. This fine piece was coil-formed in native clay with the addition of crushed basaltic temper. The underbody is stone-polished bare paste in a warm brick red color. A wide red band was wiped on as a dividing line between the bare paste underbody and the decorated upper body.

The design field was slipped in a creamy white slip on which was painted four very large floral elements prominently displayed in Georgia O’Keeffe style.

The jar was used extensively as a water container for many years as evidence by the white ring of calcium deposit on the interior and some leaching of the calcium to the exterior. It is in excellent structural condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Alexander E. Anthony, Jr. who purchased it from Mary Mira of Kansas City in 2003. She, in turn, had purchased it in 1986 from Gallery 10 of Scottsdale, AZ. This is the first time it has been offered on the open market in 20 years.

Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Materials
  • Size: 10-3/4” x 12-1/2” diameter
  • Item # MM146
  • Price: $12,500.00

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