This four-color Zia polychrome pot features white slip with black, red, and orange painted decoration. The thematic design of this jar centers on the orange and red Zia parrot. The pueblo bird stands on the ground surrounded by outward-bursting leaves and plant forms. A connected line of black triangles hangs above the bird to possibly symbolize rain. Present on the lower portion of the neck is a band of rain-filled triangles that swirl at the peak similar to water waves.
The Pueblo of Zia, or Tsi-ya, is an Indigenous nation located in north-central New Mexico. The Pueblo community carry on their living culture through the continuation of their traditions, artistic expressions, agriculture, and livestock raising.
Gerald Peters Collection, Santa Fe, NM;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];