Acoma Pueblo Polychrome Pottery Jar with Parrot Design by Barbara and Joe Cerno


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Barbara and Joe Cerno, SR, Acoma Pueblo Potters
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Acoma Pueblo, Haak’u
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 9-⅞” height x 10” diameter
  • Item # C4264D
  • Price: $2,000.00

This traditional pottery jar from Acoma Pueblo features the popular parrot design executed in a strong orange pigment protected by a wide rainbow by by Barbara and Joe Cerno, Sr.  There are two parrots on opposite sides. The remainder of the designs were executed in black pigment.

Each parrot is clutching a branch with berries at the end.  The black designs are highly represented with rain symbols—rain and clouds.

The traditional Acoma Pueblo vessel shape is widest at midpoint and curves inward and extends up to the rim.  As is traditional at Acoma, the design covers almost every square inch of the jar. 

Barbara Hayah Cerno (b.1951) and Merle Joseph Martin Cerno (b.1947) are a husband and wife team who sign their pottery B. J. Cerno.  They make some of the largest contemporary Acoma pottery being produced today. They also have made some of the smallest. They have become well known for their jars decorated with parrots and rainbows.  It is the style that has brought them fame.

Artists' Signatures - Barbara and Joe Cerno, Sr., Acoma Pueblo PottersThis jar is c-signed with their standard B. J. Cerno and dated 94.

Condition: this Acoma Pueblo Polychrome Pottery Jar with Parrot Design by Barbara and Joe Cerno is in very good condition

Provenance: from a gentleman from New Mexico

Recommended Reading: Acoma & Laguna Pottery by Rick Dillingham

Relative Links: Joseph Cerno, Jr.Acoma PuebloHopi PueblopotteryBarbara and Joe Cerno, SR

Close up view of the side panel designs.