Kewa Pueblo Polychrome Storage Jar with Birds

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Clay, Slip, Vegetal Paint
  • Size: 15" tall x 13" diameter
  • Item # 23850
  • Price: $16,500.00

 

Made circa 1920, this vessel exhibits the classic traits of late Santo Domingo Polychrome. The neck interior is red-slipped, with a black rim top. The under body is stone-polished bare paste with a one-inch rag-wiped red band. The cream/off-white is rag-wiped bentonite slip with black vegetal designs, all of which are broken with one vertically oriented ceremonial break.

 

Most storage jars were made in the 19th Century. Rarely were ones this large made in the 20th Century. Four birds in polychrome design rest on the lower framing lines, and four floral elements complete the design. Below the single framing line at the rim are cloud elements.

 

Condition: very good condition with standard wear patterns as expected

Provenance: from a Santa Fe collection

Recommended Reading:  A River Apart: The Pottery of Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos by Valerie Verzuh, et al.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Clay, Slip, Vegetal Paint
  • Size: 15" tall x 13" diameter
  • Item # 23850
  • Price: $16,500.00

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