Zia Pueblo Small 4-color Polychrome Jar

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Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 6-1/2” tall x 8-1/2” diameter
  • Item # C3482
  • Price: $2,750.00

 

This rather primitive small Zia jar is charming in its own way.  The historic vessel wall is a little bumpy, meaning it has not been sanded smooth as have later jars.  The cream Zia slip covering the jar has a yellowish tinge in color perhaps as a result of the potter mixing something with the clay she planned to use for the slip. 

 

The Zia birds are absolutely charming and somewhat childish in execution which makes them even more likable.  The birds have exquisite head feathers as crowns.  The plants sport orange flowers and deep red flowers, contributing to the four-color designation on the historic jar.

 

There are double framing lines below the design panel, a wide deep red band below the framing lines, a polished concave underbody, single framing line just below the rim, a black rim and a wide red band on the interior rim.  All framing lines feature ceremonial line breaks.  The jar appears to date to the early 20th century.

 

Condition:  very good condition

Provenance: from the collection of a California resident

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

Pueblo Potter Unknown
  • Category: Historic
  • Origin: Zia Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigments
  • Size: 6-1/2” tall x 8-1/2” diameter
  • Item # C3482
  • Price: $2,750.00

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