San Ildefonso Polychrome Terrace Rim Jar

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Terrace rim bowls are generally considered to be of a ceremonial nature—that is they are used for ceremonial purposes.  The terrace rims have been called kiva steps and have been stated as representing the mountains.  The painted designs include a rotating symbol, which could represent wind, and stacked clouds with falling rain.  It is not unusual to see water-related symbols on ceremonial vessels.

 

This ceremonial jar has a footed pedestal, something not normally seen on San Ildefonso pottery except on ceremonial items.  Ceremonial bowls and jars most often are decorated with water creatures—dragonflies, Avanyu, tadpoles, frogs, other animals or insects and clouds and rain.  A ceremonial bowl is considered ceremonial only during the time it is being used ceremonially.  After use, it is no longer ceremonial and there is no restriction on it being available to sell.  Also, many bowls of a ceremonial style have been made for sale and not for use at the pueblo.

 

This ceremonial jar has a footed pedestal, something not normally seen on San Ildefonso pottery except on ceremonial items.  The slip applied is that known as Cochiti slip, an indication that this dates to after 1905-1910.

 

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this San Ildefonso Polychrome Terrace Rim Jar is from a private collection

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

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