This three-color Cochiti polychrome storage jar features white slip with black and red painted decoration. The surface decoration centers on three patterns of design that include plant formations, bird motifs, and large arches. The neck decoration is a band of double triangles connecting at the peak with a row of connected scallops underneath.
The Pueblo of Cochiti, better known as Ko-Tyit, is an aboriginal homeland located in north central New Mexico. As a traditional nation, the Pueblo people maintain their way of life and continue to preserve their identity through the practice of their beliefs, cultivation of land, and inventive artistic expressions such as pottery.
Private Collection, Arizona;
Grant and Marlene Wilkins, Denver, CO;
[Sotheby’s New York, May 26, 1999, lot 15];
Private Collection, California;
[The Owings 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).
Grant and Marlene Wilkins Collection, Sotheby’s New York. Fine American Indian Art, May 26, 1999, lot 15, ill.
Pochoda, Elizabeth. “Freedom and the abstract truth: Jan and Marica Vilcek’s collection of American modernist art,” The Magazine Antiques (May/June 2013), ill. p. 95.
O’Hern, John. “Modern Manor,” American Fine Art Magazine, September/October 2013, ill. p. 57.