Historic Polychrome Jar with Insect, Plant, and Bird Designs [SOLD]


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Once Known Native American Potter

Expressive Imagery: A Study of a 1930s Santo Domingo Pueblo Jar

This polychrome jar was made by an unknown Santo Domingo Pueblo potter. We would estimate from the look and feel of the jar that it dates to the 1930s. It was made for the market, most likely, and decorated with an appropriately attractive variety of designs.

With two large flowers, a wide-eyed bird, and what could be either a butterfly or a moth, there is a lively scene decorating this jar's exterior. Each element feels unique and expressive, with interesting patterns appearing within the figures. The insect has a body that is shaped like an ear of corn, with cross-hatched lines in the center further suggesting a subtle reference to the significant pueblo crop. Pairs of lines circle the neck and base, with rain clouds hanging down from the upper pair.

With its round body and flared rim, this jar has a beautiful shape that perfectly suits the designs. Interestingly, a line runs up from the red base, curving through the insect's body. It was likely an accident, but it's certainly a happy one, as the line curves gracefully into the insect's body. There is much to admire about this Santo Domingo jar.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Historic Polychrome Jar with Insect, Plant, and Bird Designs is from a private New Mexico collection

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

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotteryKewa - Santo Domingo PuebloContemporary PotteryCeremonial breaks

Alternate view of this pottery jar.

Once Known Native American Potter
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