This four-color Acoma or Laguna polychrome jar features white slip with black, red, and orange painted decoration. This all-over-designed jar is covered by large stepped bands of black lines and crisscrossing hachures (rain lines). Surrounding these bands are rows of orange triangles facing black triangles. The focal decoration is a red and orange checkerboard pattern that is capped with orange clouds on both ends. Above the pattern are double orange bands capped with black cloud motifs.
The Pueblo of Acoma, also known as Haak’u and Sky City, is a sacred Indigenous homeland located in northwest New Mexico. The Pueblo people who call Acoma their home are a modern people with a living culture and tradition that is rooted in their land. Their art forms, such as pottery, are the traditions of their ancestors and are directly tied to their language, dance, and celebrations.
Collection of Robert Musser;
[The Ownings Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];