Hopi-Tewa Short Cylindrical Polychrome Jar

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The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and the automobile traffic on U.S. Route 66 [US 66 or Route 66, also known as the Will Rogers Highway, the Main Street of America or the Mother Road] were major influences on pottery production in the Southwest.  Enterprising traders and Native American artists saw the economic opportunity in targeting these new visitors to the Southwest. Soon vendors stood alongside the railroad selling pottery, weavings, baskets and jewelry to eager customers looking for souvenirs of their adventures. Potters sat at tables on the roadside of Route 66 selling their wares.

Artists began to alter traditional designs and shapes to fit the tastes of the tourists. Pottery items got smaller and new forms emerged. One popular shape, especially at Hopi Pueblo, was a cylinder vase, perhaps inspired by the Arts and Crafts style.  This historic pottery cylinder from Hopi Pueblo is shorter and wider than many others and it appears to have inspired someone to use it as a pencil holder.


Condition: structurally in excellent condition.  There are red and blue ink residues on the interior bottom and some of the colors passed through to the exterior bottom.

Provenance: this Hopi-Tewa Short Cylindrical Polychrome Jar is from the collection of a local resident.

Recommended Reading:  HOPI AND HOPI-TEWA POTTERY - Published in Plateau, volume 4

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