Historic Laguna Pueblo Small Pottery Olla - C4068L
When the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway arrived in New Mexico in 1879, it made a daily stop at Laguna Pueblo. It stopped long enough to allow passengers to get out of the train and visit with the pueblo residents and, in most cases, make a purchase from the potters. Laguna potters readily adapted their wares to items they thought the travelers would like as well as items that they could easily carry on the train conveniently. They made traditional water jars and bowls with which they were familiar, only they made them in diminutive scale.
This small water jar is typical of the size made for the tourist trade. It was not a size that had a function for a pueblo household. Interestingly, no shortcuts were taken by potters in making these smaller items. All materials were traditional to the pueblo and were the same materials used in pottery made for their own use. Only the size was different.
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