This burnished Zia water jar features black and red painted decoration. The all-over-designed jar opens at the top with a small mouth, then slowly billows outward in its body and comes to an elegant and narrow close at its base. The focal decoration of this jar is the black deer that is grazing among the red flowers and leaves. Additionally, fire clouds cover the lower portion of the pot.
This Zia jar is quite rare as it was uncommon to find Zia Pueblo jars with deer as the prominent design before the late 19th century.
Dennis and Janis Lyon Collection, Paradise Valley, AZ;
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).