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Set of Five Polychrome Pottery Buttons from Zia Pueblo

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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 1-5/8” diameter
  • Item # C3776P
  • Price: $850.00

Note: The price of $850 is for the complete set of 5 buttons.

The potters at Zia Pueblo have long been recognized as the best potters in the region. Their sturdy, beautifully decorated pots and bowls have been in demand for hundreds of years. The discovery of Zia pottery in abandoned Jemez sites suggests that Zia potters were trading their wares to their neighbors before the Spanish arrived.

 

By the late 1800s, Zia women were exchanging pottery with the nearby traders for food, and other goods or money. After the influenza epidemic in the early 20th century, there were less than 200 people living at the pueblo. Some say the ability of Zia women to make fine pots for trade made it possible for the pueblo to survive the hard times.

 

By the turn of the century, Zia potters had joined their Navajo and Pueblo neighbors in producing items to sell to tourists. These items were generally smaller and were easy for the tourists to carry home.

 

In the early 1940s there was a metal shortage due to World War II. Zia potters used this as an opportunity to make ceramic buttons. These buttons were made of traditional Zia clay and decorated with Zia designs.

 

We are fortunate to feature a collection of 5 of these buttons. They are one of the most interesting items we have seen in a long time. They are truly a perfect example of the ability of the Southwestern Indian to adapt to changing markets and materials.

 

Each of the buttons is fitted with two sewing holes. Very early Zia buttons had four holes, but later ones had only two. Each button has been coated with shellac. This was done to protect the design over years of use.

 

Condition:  All the buttons are in excellent condition.

Recommended Reading: The Pottery of Zia Pueblo by Harlow and Lanmon.  This book is currently not available from Adobe Gallery.

Provenance: from a gentleman in Colorado

Note: The price of $850 is for the complete set of 5 buttons.

Set of Five Polychrome Pottery Buttons from Zia Pueblo

  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 1-5/8” diameter
  • Item # C3776P
  • Price: $850.00

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