This three-color Powhogeh polychrome storage jar features white slip with black and red painted decoration. The oval-like shape of this grandiose storage jar opens with a small and chipped rim. Below the red rim are two framing lines that can also be found on the shoulder and base of the jar. The surface decoration contains a variety of motifs illustrated in black. Some designs include wavering lines, multiple leaf-like formations, and patterns of triangles.
Powhogeh pottery was named after the traditional land of Powhogeh Owingeh (“Where the Water Cuts Through”), also commonly known as the Pueblo of San Ildefonso. Powhogeh jars such as this were domestically utilized as storage jars for food and kept inside Pueblo homes. These types of jars were the least likely to break because of their thick base walls and molded flat bases, which may speak to why they exist today.
Larry Frank Collection, Arroyo Hondo, NM;
[Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
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).