This three-color Zia polychrome olla features white slip with black and red painted decoration. Sweeping across the surface of this Zia water jar is a large double rainbow band that includes of pattern of connected black rectangles, similar to pathway symbols found on Acoma Pueblo pottery. Black filled triangles, scallops, and leaf motifs cover much of the surface. The center design of this jar is the red intersecting stick motif that may possibly be the Diné (Navajo) wind symbol or a general Southwestern Native American motif that has been utilized throughout various tribes in the region.
The Diné wind symbol, sometimes referred to as a “whirling log” symbol, is a sacred motif that has been present on Navajo blankets and Native American silver jewelry (especially Diné-made jewelry) for over a century.
[Spanish and Indian Trading Company, Santa Fe, NM];
Private Collection (Francis Harlow), Santa Fe, NM;
The Leede Famiy Collection, Denver, CO;
[Sotheby’s New York, May 18, 2007, lot 63];
[Owings-Dewey Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM];
Jan T. and Marica Vilcek Collection, New York, NY, 2007-2019, (2007.09.01);
Frank, Larry and Francis H. Harlow. Historic Pottery of the Pueblo Indians, 1600-1880. Boston: New York Graphic Society, 1974, p. 111, fig. 107, Collection Francis Harlow.
The Leede Family Collection of Historic Pueblo Pottery. Sotheby’s New York. American Indian Art. May 18, 2007, lot 63.