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Large Zia Pueblo Polychrome Dough Bowl

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Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Clay
  • Size: 9-3/4" deep x 16-1/8" diameter
  • Item # 24706
  • Price: $9,450.00

This is an exceptionally deep historic dough bowl from Zia Pueblo, created most probably in the 1920s. This fine piece was coil-formed in native clay with the addition of crushed basaltic temper. The underbody was stone-polished over the bare paste in a warm brick red color. A narrow 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 prominently displayed the traditional design seen on almost every Zia dough bowl.

Dough bowls apparently were not made at Zia Pueblo before the late 1700s, possibly because of the difficulty in firing such large vessels or perhaps because smaller bowls served the purpose and larger ones were not needed.  The experience gained in making large storage jars for storage of dried foods and other necessities eventually paved the way for potters to experiment making dough bowls.  The design elements on dough bowls have persisted almost without change since the first ones were made.  This design was first developed on water jars during the San Pablo Polychrome period (1760-1820) and then used in dough bowls even into the present Zia Polychrome period.

It is quite obvious that this bowl was used extensively at the pueblo for mixing bread dough, as there is some dried dough on the exterior of the bowl. It is removable, should someone want it done, but I have chosen to leave it as evidence of utilitarian use. The bowl is in very good condition, with only some evidence of slip abrasions here and there - which is expected from an object of this age.


Recommended Reading: The Pottery of Zia Pueblo by Harlow and Lanmon.

Provenance:  from a Cody Wyoming Collection

Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: Native Clay
  • Size: 9-3/4" deep x 16-1/8" diameter
  • Item # 24706
  • Price: $9,450.00

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