This three-color Kewa polychrome dough bowl features white slip with black and red painted decoration. Encircling the body of the jar are multiple square panels that are comprised of black triangle designs and four-point elements similar to flowers or other plant-like forms. Additionally, the shoulder of the bowl incurves with a flaring black rim for better stability.
This dough bowl has been attributed to Monica Silva by Robert Tenorio during a 2019 visit to the Indian Arts Research Center (School for Advanced Research) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Silva, originally from Santa Clara Pueblo and married into Kewa Pueblo, was one of the first potters from the village to participate in the Santa Fe Indian Fairs in the 1920s. Her designs tie her to her family and homeland, which is why it was not uncommon to find Tewa-inspired designs and shapes throughout her pottery pieces.
Private Collection, Santa Fe, NM;
[Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2007-2019, (2007.08.01);