Historic San Ildefonso Pueblo Black-on-Red OLLA


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Pueblo Potter Unknown

This historic pottery OLLA, or water jar, was made by an unknown San Ildefonso Pueblo potter. We estimate that it dates to between 1890 and 1910. It is in excellent condition for a piece of its age. The vessel shape is not unusual for San Ildefonso, though we would note that this is a particularly charming example. This piece has the style of neck which, after emerging from the shoulder, follows a straight line inward to the rim rather than making a semicircular curve back outward.

The potter selected the black-on-red style for this OLLA, applying her flowing designs in black over a rich red tone. The primary design band covers the OLLA in plant life, with a winding stem circling the OLLA just below its widest point. Leaves grow upward and hang down from the stem, appearing in curved pairs that are repeated but in a loose, relaxed manner. A second design band begins at the shoulder and reaches up to just below the rim. Three pairs of horizontal framing lines appear, serving as borders between the two design bands, the rim, and the base.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Historic San Ildefonso Pueblo Black-on-Red OLLA is from a private collection

Recommended Reading: Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico 1700-1940 by Jonathan Batkin

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotterySan Ildefonso PuebloHistoric Pottery

Alternate view of this Pueblo Water Jar.


Pueblo Potter Unknown
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