Historic Acoma Pueblo Polychrome OLLA ca. 1930s

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Acoma Pueblo, Haak’u
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 8-¼” height x 11-⅜” diameter
  • Item # C4693A
  • Price: $3500

This historic polychrome OLLA, or water jar, was made by an unknown Acoma Pueblo potter, most likely in or around the 1930s. Its form is low and wide, measuring almost a foot in diameter while standing just above eight inches in height. Its high shoulder makes a sharp turn inward before curving gently up to the rim, resulting in a shape that is unique without veering too far from that of a typical example.

Three horizontally aligned design bands circle the OLLA's exterior. Within each band, a design is repeated three times, with vertical bands separating the three repetitions. The wide central band hangs just below the shoulder, using only black pigment over the cream slip. The slightly thinner upper and lower bands incorporate a beautiful orange tone into their designs, forming a well-balanced, appealing composition.

The interior rim and the base display a red slip with hints of orange, and the exterior is nicely patinated from years of handling. This is a strong example of 1930s Acoma Pueblo pottery.


Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Historic Acoma Pueblo Polychrome OLLA ca. 1930s is from a private collection

Recommended Reading: Acoma & Laguna Pottery by Rick Dillingham

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotteryAcoma PuebloHistoric Pottery

Alternate side view of this pottery jar.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Acoma Pueblo, Haak’u
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 8-¼” height x 11-⅜” diameter
  • Item # C4693A
  • Price: $3500

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