Historic Kewa Pueblo Decorated Deep Pottery Serving Bowl [SOLD]


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Kewa Pueblo pottery food bowls assume the most beautiful patina from daily use. The cream slip with which they are coated absorbs the oils from foods and then turns a beautiful brown with an added sheen. Not only is the interior enhanced with an outstanding patina, but the exterior also assumes a patina from the hands of the handler. This one is no exception. It is the size bowl used for serving food at the table, not for eating from. This size is also used for preparation of bread dough when only a small amount of bread is being prepared.

This Santo Domingo Pueblo (now known as Kewa) bowl is slipped on the interior with a polished cream finish, has a black rim, and natural stone-polished underbody with a very wide rag-wiped red band just below the design field.  The design is uncluttered and open in a minimalist fashion.

Condition: the bowl appears to have been used as there is evidence of a wear pattern on the interior although it is only slightly worn, mostly near the bottom of the bowl. The exterior is in excellent condition.

Provenance: this Historic Kewa Pueblo Decorated Deep Pottery Serving Bowl is from a private collection

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

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotteryHistoric PotteryKewa Pueblo - Santo Domingo Pueblo

Alternate view of the inside of this bowl.

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