Four-color Polychrome Olla from Zia Pueblo

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 9-3/4” tall x 11-3/8” diameter
  • Item # C3328B
  • Price: $8,000.00

There is precedence for picturing animals on pueblo pottery—namely the Mimbres, in the 1100s, featured insects, fish, birds, and large and small animals primarily on the interior of bowls. There was then a large time span before animals appeared again, this time in the late-1800s on Zuni Pueblo pottery in the form of heartline deer figures. It could be that this inspired potters to paint deer on Zia Pueblo pottery. According to Harlow and Lanmon, the earliest documented Zia pottery with deer designs is 1870s.

This jar is probably from the first quarter of the 20th century. The design is divided into four quadrants, each of which contains basically the same design. There is an orange colored deer outlined in black. The deer is housed in an arch similar to that seen on Zuni pottery. There is what may be a rainbow arch above the deer house, flowers inside with the deer and black outlined hearts separating the four quadrants. Each heart is filled with parallel vertical black lines.

According to Harlow and Lanmon, there is a jar with orange deer in the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe purchased in 1929 and two similar ones in the Denver Art Museum collected in 1927. It is quite possible that the same potter made all four of these jars with orange-colored deer. Zia elders identified two possible potters either of whom could have made all four - Isabel Medina Toribio or Virginia Salas.

 

Condition: structurally in excellent condition with exfoliation of slip around the rim and mid-body due from extensive use as a water jar.

Provenance: this Four-color Polychrome Olla from Zia Pueblo is from the collection of an Albuquerque gentleman

Recommended Reading: The Pottery of Zia Pueblo by Francis H. Harlow and Dwight P. Lanmon

Relative Links: pueblo potteryZia PuebloZuniIsabel Medina Toribio

Close up view of side panel designs.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 9-3/4” tall x 11-3/8” diameter
  • Item # C3328B
  • Price: $8,000.00

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