This three-color Zuni polychrome olla (water jar) features white slip with black and red painted decoration. This vessel includes three classic motifs from the village, all present on the neck and body of the jar. Above the double framing lines on the shoulder are hachured strips with vertical and slanting rain lines. The layout of the body consists of two black and red eight-petal rosettes opposite each other. In between the flowers are deer in the feather house design with a horizontal band of water birds.
The Pueblo of Zuni is an Indigenous homeland located in northwestern New Mexico. The A:shiwi (Zuni people) continue to observe their religious and cultural traditions, which are tied to their sacred homeland and the surrounding landscape. One expression of their cultural preservation is their art production of jewelry, paintings, and pottery.
Private Collection, Alcalde, NM;
[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).