Cochiti Pueblo Historic Pottery Large Serving Bowl with Cloud Designs

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 5-½” deep x 12-3/8” diameter
  • Item # C4215P
  • Price: $2,400.00

If you were ever invited to share a meal at a pueblo home, you would have seen vegetables or red or green chile stew served in a bowl like this Cochiti Pueblo Historic Pottery Large Serving Bowl with Cloud Designs.  Such bowls grace the table at all pueblo meals. This late historic bowl does not evidence wear on the interior so it was not likely ever used for serving food but perhaps was made and sold.

The bowl has a beautiful shape.  In curves upward from the base and then rolls outward at the rim.  Just this small change in convexity adds to the charm of the bowl. The rim is painted black and exhibits a ceremonial line break.  There is another ceremonial line break that penetrates a framing line below the rim, down through the design panel, and then through a pair of framing lines near the bottom. There is a similar ceremonial line break on the interior design just below the rim.

The interior design is a typical rain cloud presentation seen on many Cochiti vessels.  Cochiti is one of the pueblos which has no restriction on using water symbols on secular pottery.  The exterior design resembles a typical black triangle configuration most often seen on Santo Domingo pottery.   Below the design panel on the exterior is a wide red slip that has been wiped on in traditional pueblo fashion. The underside was left in the natural tan clay and finished by stone polishing.

 It is estimated that the bowl dates to the end of the historic period, circa 1940s.


Condition: this Cochiti Pueblo Historic Pottery Large Serving Bowl with Cloud Designs is in very good condition

Provenance: from the estate of Tom Dickerson, former potter and lifetime resident of Santa Fe, and avid collector of Native arts.

Recommended Reading: A River Apart: The Pottery of Cochiti & Santo Domingo Pueblos by Valerie Verzuh

Relative Links: Southwest Indian Pottery, Cochiti Pueblo, Historic Pottery

Alternate side view of this Pueblo Pottery Bowl.


Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 5-½” deep x 12-3/8” diameter
  • Item # C4215P
  • Price: $2,400.00

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