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Special Value Offer: Zuni Pueblo Large Pottery Owl with two Owlets

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  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 12” height x 10-½” diameter
  • Item # C3974D
  • Price: $2,500.00

Special Value Offer: we have been authorized to offer this at 1/3rd less than the previous price of $3750 to a new price of $2500.

Pottery making at Zuni almost died out at the beginning of the 20th Century.  Believing the Zuni were a “vanishing race,” anthropologists from Eastern museums participated in the almost complete removal of pottery from the Pueblo. Boxcars were filled with ollas, dough bowls and other examples of Zuni material culture and sent back East. Young potters had no examples to look at, and residents of the pueblo had to rely on commercially-made vessels and containers for daily use.  The art and tradition of pottery making almost died out. Because jewelry was easier to ship, traders encouraged artists to make jewelry instead of pottery.

It was not until the mid-20th Century, under the tutelage of Hopi potter Daisy Hooee, was there a revival of the tradition of pottery making. Hooee, the granddaughter of Hopi potter Nampeyo of Hano, was married to Sidney Hooee, a Zuni silversmith. She lived at Zuni and taught pottery making. Since that time, there has been a gradual revival of pottery making at Zuni.

This Zuni owl with two small owlets was made in the traditional Zuni manner, using the white to grey native clay with crushed rock temper. It is covered in white clay slip.  The feathers were painted with dark brown to black mineral paint. The ears and beak are a reddish orange mineral paint. While the identity of the artist is unknown, we do know that the maker of this owl was very skillful. The wide body is perfectly formed, with the lifelike head perched on top. Wings flare out to each side. The face of the owl was painted with wide-eyed enthusiasm.  The artist included two small owlets to stand next to the mother to keep her company. They are both perfectly formed and painted.


Condition the pieces are all in excellent condition

Provenance: this Zuni Pueblo Large Pottery Owl with two Owlets is from a collector from Colorado

Recommended Reading: Collections of Southwestern Pottery: Candlesticks to Canteens, Frogs to Figurines by Al Hayes

  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Zuni Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 12” height x 10-½” diameter
  • Item # C3974D
  • Price: $2,500.00

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