Ohkay Owingeh Very Large Micaceous Pottery Dough Bowl

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Pueblo Potter Unknown

We have assigned the origin of this Very Large Micaceous Pottery Dough 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.

When this large dough bowl was brought in to us, it was by the two nephews of the previous owner, Emilio Naranjo (1916-2008), of Espanola.  This was another reason to make an attribution to San Juan Pueblo as the origin, as Espanola is only about 3 miles from the pueblo. 


Condition:  the cracks have been stabilized without being concealed in this Ohkay Owingeh Very Large Micaceous Pottery Dough Bowl (see image below)

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.

Recommended Reading: Anderson, Duane. All That Glitters: The Emergence of Native American Micaceous Art Pottery in Northern New Mexico, 1999

Relative LInks: Santa FeSanta Clara PuebloTaos PuebloJody FolwellPolly Rose FolwellSusan Folwell

Condition: As mentioned above, the Ohkay Owingeh Very Large Micaceous Pottery Dough 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.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
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