Kewa Pueblo Historic Large Aguilar Storage Pottery Jar

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Felipita Aguilar Garcia and Asuncion Aguilar Caté, Santo Domingo Pueblo Potters
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 14” height x 14-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4152A
  • Price: $5,500.00

The surface of this storage jar is quite substantial, providing a large area on which to paint the body design. The short neck enhances the considerable size of the body.  The red band below the decorated panel—wiped on with a rag, usually—is indicative of a pre-1920 period. Storage jars rarely indicate wear from having been used because they generally were used for dry items, not water, so no stains resulted.  It is difficult to determine if this one was used at the pueblo before it was sold.

The striking design on the upper half of the vessel certainly relates to rain, clouds—water sources.  The most prominent features are pairs of black lines curving up and out, increasing in width. These have been referred to as “spread-arm” designs. The small element floating above and between these represents a cloud, from which a soft rain is falling.  Rain symbols are often used on pottery; the artists are at once expressing gratitude and asking for more. Rain is very important to New Mexico and is always scarce, so a plea for help from the Great Spirit is understandable. This is a unique and wonderful storage jar that may have had special significance to its desert-dwelling creator.

Condition: the Kewa Pueblo Historic Large Storage Jar is in very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman who lived near Kewa Pueblo for a number of years and collected pottery from pueblo families.  He has now moved to California and has chosen not to take pottery with him.

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

Note: in 2009, Santo Domingo Pueblo's tribal council decided to change the pueblo's name back to the ancestral name Kewa Pueblo (pronounced KEE-wah)

Relative Links: Santo Domingo PueblopotteryFelipita Aguilar GarciaAsunción Aguilar Caté

Felipita Aguilar Garcia and Asuncion Aguilar Caté, Santo Domingo Pueblo Potters
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 14” height x 14-¾” diameter
  • Item # C4152A
  • Price: $5,500.00

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