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Ohkay Owingeh Very Large Micaceous Dough Bowl

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When this large dough bowl was brought in to us, it was totally black in color with many years of cooking debris attached to the exterior. (See second image for details of black pot before firing). It was decided to clean some of the debris off so several cracks could be properly sealed to prevent future damage. Of course, the only way to remove the debris was to re-fire the bowl. When it was re-fired, all the black coloration vanished, leaving this beautiful golden brown color accented with mica flakes.

Some may consider this decision a good one and some may consider is ill advised, but it was more important to properly fix the cracks than to leave the years of accumulated cooking remains intact.

We have assigned the origin of this bowl to a potter at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo and a time period dating to the late 1800s. It is near to impossible to distinguish micaceous pottery from the northern pueblos of Taos, Picuris, Nambe, Pojoaque and Ohkay Owingeh. This piece could have originated at any of those pueblos, but Ohkay Owingeh was selected based on the slight indentation of the rim.

Provenance: From the estate of Emilio Naranjo (1916-2008), a long-time respected politician from Espanola, New Mexico. Naranjo was a state senator and is credited with single-handedly building the Rio Arriba County Democratic Party and then reigning over it for more than four decades.

Condition: As mentioned above, the bowl was coated with residue of use and spillage from many years of accumulation. It has been cleaned and the cracks have been stabilized without being concealed.

Potter Unknown
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