Very Large Historic Trios Polychrome Jar

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Artist Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 11-¼” high x 13-½” diameter
  • Item # C4089
  • Price: $6,500.00

James Stevenson visited Zia Pueblo in 1880 on an anthropological mission and to collect Pueblo pottery.  He collected very few ceramics at that time. But, in 1887, he and his wife, Matilda Coxe Stevenson, returned and collected significantly more pottery.  Apparently, they missed this old jar which we believe dates to the 1850s.

The vessel shape of jars in the Trios Polychrome period are globular, that is, they are rounder than later jars of the Zia Polychrome period.  This jar is certainly globular in shape. The scrolls containing trefoils is one of the earliest decorations on Trios Polychrome (1820-1860) pottery.  The red zigzag line at the neck first appeared as black in the beginning of the Trios period, then began to be executed in red. There is minimal red used in the decorations in this early period.

This jar has a tilt resulting in the rim being 10-½ inches high on one side and 11-¼ inches on the opposite side.  It is quite likely that this occurred during construction of the jar.


Condition: this Very Large Historic Trios Polychrome Jar has a vertical crack from the rim to near the base on one side.  The crack has been stabilized but not concealed.

Provenance: from the estate of a family from Los Alamos, New Mexico, who purchased it from Francis Harlow of Los Alamos decades ago.

Reference and Recommended Reading: The Pottery of Zia Pueblo by Harlow and Lanmon

Close up view of side panel design.

Artist Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 11-¼” high x 13-½” diameter
  • Item # C4089
  • Price: $6,500.00

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