Santo Domingo Pueblo Historic Black on Cream Aguilar Pottery Jar

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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: 8-½” height x 8-⅝” diameter
  • Item # C4224A
  • Price: $4,500.00

Pueblo pottery water jars almost always feature symbols associated with rain.  They may not always be obvious to outsiders, but they probably do exist.  The neck design on this Aguilar jar—an inverse triangle with parallel black lines—may appear to just be a decorative design; however, it possibly represents a violent tornado-like storm with abundant rain. The black triangles on the body—meeting at their peaks, positioned back-to-back with neighboring black triangles—could possibly represent the darkness of a day of such torrential rain.  All of this is speculative, however, because we do not know the intent of the artist.

Following tradition, the potter painted the rim black, the interior neck red, and the underbody red.  A single framing line lies below the rim, double framing lines lie below the design panel and triple framing lines define the shoulder.  Triple framing lines are not often seen on Santo Domingo pottery—they provide a clue that a piece might have been created by the Aguilars. A ceremonial line break cuts through every set of lines, including the black rim.

 

Condition: very good condition

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: 8-½” height x 8-⅝” diameter
  • Item # C4224A
  • Price: $4,500.00

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