Historic Cochiti Pueblo Deep Pottery Dough Bowl

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo, KO-TYIT
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 6-½” deep x 11-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4331L
  • Price: $2,500.00

This is an exceptionally fine historic pottery medium size dough bowl from Cochiti Pueblo, decorated in a cream slip with guaco black pigment.   It dates to circa 1930s and is typically Cochiti in all technical aspects: crystalline-rock temper in the paste, stone-polished underbody, black rim, rag-wiped bentonite slip and black guaco paint on exterior.  The interior of the bowl is stone polished red slip, as is the exterior lower section below the design panel.

Cochiti, at the turn of the century, made very little pottery for local use, importing it instead from Acoma, Zuni and Zia Pueblos.  What pottery the potters were making was mostly limited to figurative type—effigy vessels and human and animal figurines.

The flat bottom of the bowl swells outward to a rounded body that just slightly curves inward as it approaches the rim. The design on the body of the bowl is typical Cochiti in execution—arched rain clouds attached to a three-leaf element in black pigment.  Two of these are arched in an upward form and two in a downward form. The upward ones touch the rim and the lower ones touch the lower framing lines, both of which have ceremonial line breaks.

The bowl is a fine example of Cochiti mastery and one of the few dough bowls from the pueblo from the early twentieth century, a time when most potters were busy making figurative pottery.  


Condition: this Historic Cochiti Pueblo Deep Pottery Dough Bowl is in very good condition with evidence of prior use

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman from Washington, DC

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

Relative Links: Southwest Indian PotteryHistoric PotteryCochiti PuebloKewa Pueblo - Santo Domingo Pueblo

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo, KO-TYIT
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 6-½” deep x 11-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4331L
  • Price: $2,500.00

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