THE POTTERY OF SANTO DOMINGO PUEBLO A Detailed Study of its Decoration
by Kenneth M. Chapman
Publisher: The University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque for the School of American Research, 1977
Hardback with slip cover, 192 pages, fully illustrated
Originally published by the Laboratory of Anthropology, 1938. Second printing, revised, 1953. Reissued by the School of American Research and the University of New Mexico Press, 1977.
Condition: book is in excellent condition, slipcover has some tears and wear.
From the slip cover
“Thirty miles southwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on the east bank of the Rio Grande, stands Santo Domingo Pueblo. In 1920 Kenneth M. Chapman undertook the considerable research on Santo Domingo pottery that led to the writing of this book, first published in 1938 by the Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe. Determined to survey the pottery of pueblos near Santa Fe and to study the decorative art of one or more of them thoroughly, he selected the pottery of Santo Domingo Pueblo for detailed study because of its comparative simplicity, integrity, and abundance at the pueblo.
“This book opens with information about the forms and uses of the pottery of Santo Domingo Pueblo; the technical aspects of production; the design elements, motifs, and arrangements; and some comments on the symbolism of various designs. Over seventy plates are then given detailed explanation in text.”
From the FOREWORD
“The pottery of the prehistoric pueblos of the American Southwest has long been known as one of the most remarkable aboriginal crafts ever developed in the New World. Extensive excavations during many years have yielded thousands of specimens which, displayed in many museums of our country, present a wealth of source material for the study of form and design.
“During the past fifty years such emphasis has been placed upon the recovery of these buried treasures that but scant attention has been given to the equally valuable sources of design to be found in the pottery of the pueblos which have survived the Spanish conquest and are carrying on today as in centuries past. Doubtless it was the lure of the unknown that has prompted so much digging, but if the archaeologists had only realized that the rarest of all Pueblo pottery is that of the two centuries following the Conquest, they might have diverted at least a part of their energy to ferreting out the remnants of the antique ceramics of each pueblo. A mistaken belief that pottery making was influenced by contact with the invaders was long current among those who based their convictions on nothing more tangible than the wide variance between the pre-Spanish and the later wares of each pueblo. The fallacy is now fully exposed, for Pueblo pottery of the past three centuries proves to be a normal development, in which scarcely a trace of European contact can be detected.”
In 1920, H. P. Mera undertook a survey of the conditions then existing in the nearby pueblos with the intent of undertaking a thorough study of the decorative art of one or more of them. This extensive monograph is his report on the pottery of Santo Domingo, a project started in 1920 and completed and published in 1936. The report is loaded with drawings of designs found on Santo Domingo pottery of the time. It is an excellent resource document.