Very Small Ohkay Owingeh Storage Jar


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Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo traditionally applied slip only to the upper half of a bowl or jar, leaving the lower half as the natural clay body.  Santa Clara Pueblo traditionally applied slip to the entire vessel.  This vessel appears to have slip over the entire vessel, which would indicate it was most likely from Santa Clara Pueblo, however, on close examination, it is evident that the slip only covers the upper part of the jar.  Even if the slip covered the entire vessel, we would make the determination that the jar was from Ohkay Owingeh (formerly San Juan Pueblo) based on the vessel shape as it is an Ohkay Owingeh vessel shape, not a Santa Clara vessel shape.

The small jar is an excellent example of Ohkay Owingeh 19th-century jars but appears to have been made for sale, not for pueblo use, as it is too small for any functional use in a pueblo household.  It is a little jewel.

Condition:  very good condition with some evidence of use on the interior.  

Provenance:  this historic Very Small Ohkay Owingeh Storage Jar is from a private collection from Colorado

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

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