This three-color Acoma polychrome pot features cream slip with black and orange painted decoration. The all-over-designed pot centers on its main decoration of cornstalks. The center corn motif is contoured with black triangles that may symbolize rain clouds. Within each open white space are hachured (crosshatched) triangles that likely represent a rain storm. Each cornstalk is surrounded by a single crossing orange rainbow band that furthers the thematic design of rain and growth.
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.
Private Collection, Carlsbad, CA;
[Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2004-2019, (2004.04.02);
Santa Fe. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery (July 30, 2022-May 29, 2023); New York. Vilcek Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Art (July 13, 2023-June 2, 2024); Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (October 27, 2024-January 19, 2025); St. Louis. St. Louis Art Museum (March 9-June 1, 2025).