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Jemez Pueblo Black-on-White Historic Jar, circa 1700s


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Potter Unknown

It is evident that significant pottery was produced at Jemez Pueblo in the 17th century as excavations have illustrated. The predominant type excavated was Jemez Black-on-white. After the Spanish Reconquest, production declined rapidly. Requirements for pottery at the pueblo were satisfied by imports from Zia and Santa Ana Pueblos. It was not until 1925 that a revival was attempted at the pueblo. Credit for the revival is given to two potters from Zia Pueblo, both of whom married into Jemez. The revival was neither profitable nor popular so very little was produced.


This jar is typical of Jemez Black-on-White typology from the 17th century. The style is a carry-over from the prehistoric period. Pottery from this period has simple designs executed in a single color.


Condition: One area of blowout near the underbody occurred during firing. This has been professionally restored through proper conservation techniques.

Provenance: From the estate of Richard M. Howard

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