Santo Domingo Black on Cream Aguilar Historic Pottery Jar [SOLD]

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Felipita Aguilar Garcia and Asuncion Aguilar Caté, Santo Domingo Pueblo Potters

This turn-of-the-last-century jar, made by one of the Aguilar sisters, uses a traditional Santo Domingo water jar vessel shape with a bulging midsection and a graceful, rolled out rim.  The Black-on-cream typology fits the style of vessels being made at the pueblo at that time, but the design is clearly one created by one of the Aguilar sisters.  

The jar is divided into three distinct design sections.  The mid body design features pairs of large black triangles. They’re arranged back-to-back, reaching out towards each other and meeting at their apexes. The black triangles create hourglass-shaped areas of visible cream slip. On the neck are black lines expanding outward, which have been described by some as “onions.”  

Typically, there are three black framing lines at the shoulder, a single one at the rim, and pairs above and below the lower design strip.  The rim is black and the interior is red stone-polished slip. The entire design is interrupted by a ceremonial line break that does not include the black rim, which is solid.


Condition: good condition with a number of minor chips and abrasions

Relative Links: Santo Domingo PueblopotteryFelipita Aguilar GarciaAsunción Aguilar Caté

Felipita Aguilar Garcia and Asuncion Aguilar Caté, Santo Domingo Pueblo Potters
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