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Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo Jar


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  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 8-1/4” height x 9-1/2” diameter
  • Item # C3753.63
  • Price: $935.00

During the period 1920 to 1940, many potters at Santo Domingo were hastily making tourist wares to be sold by the roadside, but later in the period, there was an improvement in the quality of the tourist wares. It was also at this time that designs began to include birds, plant forms, and animals, with accents in red, much more than ever before. The potential for sales seemed to be greater when these design elements were used.  This jar dates to circa 1930.


The birds on this jar are elaborately painted in plaid fashion, a potter’s attempt to catch the eye of a travelling tourist.  The elaborate floral arrangements added to the appeal.


Condition:  The jar has been broken and professionally restored. A photograph taken before restoration is provided to best illustrate the damage.  The price has been set to correspond to the previous condition.


Recommended Reading: A River Apart – The Pottery of Cochiti & Santo Domingo Pueblos, edited by Valerie K. Verzuh


Provenance:  this Kewa - Santo Domingo Pueblo Jar was deaccessioned from the Denver Art Museum and was broken when released.