RARE Large Historic Cochiti Pueblo Pottery Dough Bowl by Reyes Romero


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Reyes Romero (ca. 1890 -?)

A large dough bowl such as this one is relatively rare from Cochiti Pueblo.  Many Cochiti families purchased dough bowls and large storage vessels from Santo Domingo neighbors.  This dough bowl was made by Reyes Romero, according to members of her family.  Apparently she was making bread in 1960 and sat the bowl on a chair.  As the dough rose the bowl fell to the floor and broke.  A gentleman from Tucson, Arizona, purchased the broken bowl from the family and we purchased the re-assembled bowl from him.

This bowl's designs are subtle and sparse.  The main design, which includes an interesting sideways rain cloud pattern, is repeated four times around the bowl's exterior.  Its patina is beautiful, and its size is impressive.  The repairs are visible on the bowl's interior, but are fortunately invisible on its exterior.

Cochiti Pueblo made very little utilitarian pottery after the 1880s because of the large demand for figurative pottery.  Cochiti was the premier pueblo for making large figurines and there was a market for them, primarily by collectors, as museums thought them non-traditional and not worth putting in their collections.

According to Barbara Babcock in The Pueblo Storyteller, Reyes Romero was Seferina Ortiz’s grandmother and the mother of Laurencita Herrera.  Jonathan Batkin in Pottery of the Pueblos of New Mexico 1700-1940 stated “Pottery making both improved and increased between about 1910 and 1930, and a few potters excelled, for example Ignacita Suina Arquero, Lorencita Cordera, Stefanita Herrera, and Reyes Romero.”

Condition:  professionally restored

Provenance: this RARE Large Historic Cochiti Pueblo Pottery Dough Bowl by Reyes Romero is a Tucson collector, who purchased the bowl from Romero's family

Recommended Reading:

The Pueblo Storyteller - Development of a Figurative Ceramic Tradition by Barbara Babcock

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

Relative Links: 

Cochiti Pueblofigurative pottery, Santo Domingo, Seferina OrtizLaurencita Herrera, Ignacita Suina ArqueroStefanita HerreraReyes Romero

Inside view of this dough bowl.