Historic Kewa Pueblo Pottery Jar with Four-Leaf Floral Design by the Aguilar Sisters

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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: 10-1/2” tall x 10-1/4” diameter
  • Item # C3334A
  • Price: $4,500.00

Kewa (Santo Domingo) Pueblo has a tradition of strong and bold designs on its pottery.  Potters from there have always approached designs in a manner of repetition of the same element throughout the vessel, yet the repetition is not monotonous but is one that evokes admiration.  This jar has three identical floral elements, each with split leaves and a single black dot at the intersection of the leaves.  The only other element that might be considered a design is the group of four solid black parallel lines contained by a pair of external dotted lines, all six of which run vertically from the rim to the base of the design panel.  They serve as end-items to contain the top and bottom framing lines that have ceremonial line breaks.  The black rim also has a ceremonial line break.  Based on an almost identical jar in the Museum of Indian Art and Culture from the Daniel H. McMillan Collection, which has been dated to circa 1945, we are assigning a similar date to this jar.  Both were most likely made by the same potter or members of the same family of potters.  The vessel shape of the jar is very similar to those produced by the Aguilar family, but a date of 1945 is most likely after they had already ceased potting.  The unknown potter of this jar was an extremely talented potter and an excellent design artist.  The jar is beautifully shaped and the cream slip was expertly applied.    There is one black line of paint that apparently ran while applying one of the lower framing lines, but that is part of the original preparation and does not affect the beauty of the vessel.  It is an overall excellent jar with strong visual beauty.  Condition: very good condition.  There is nothing wrong with it at all except normal wear from age. Provenance: from a gentleman in Oklahoma Recommended Reading:  A River Apart: the Pottery of Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos  Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo has a tradition of strong and bold designs on its pottery.  Potters from there have always approached designs in a manner of repetition of the same element throughout the vessel, yet the repetition is not monotonous but is one that evokes admiration.

This jar has three identical floral elements, each with split leaves and a single black dot at the intersection of the leaves.  The only other element that might be considered a design is the group of four solid black parallel lines contained by a pair of external dotted lines, all six of which run vertically from the rim to the base of the design panel.  They serve as end-items to contain the top and bottom framing lines that have ceremonial line breaks.  The black rim also has a ceremonial line break.

The creator of this jar was extremely talented, and an excellent design artist.  The jar is beautifully shaped and the cream slip was expertly applied.    There is one black line of paint that apparently ran while applying one of the lower framing lines, but that is part of the original preparation and does not affect the beauty of the vessel.  It is an overall excellent jar with strong visual beauty.

Condition: this Historic Kewa Pueblo Pottery Jar with Four-Leaf Floral Design by the Aguilar Sisters is in very good condition, showing normal wear from age.

Provenance: from a gentleman in Oklahoma

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

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: 10-1/2” tall x 10-1/4” diameter
  • Item # C3334A
  • Price: $4,500.00

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