This three-color Zuni polychrome olla (water jar) features white slip with black and red painted decoration. The all-over-designed vessel is laced with intersecting hachured (rain lines) bands that form a pinwheel-like design. Viewed from above, the hachured bands create a star-like design. In between the points of the star are stacked triangles, some of which may form feathers. The wear of the rim could indicate that the water jar was utilized for its original purpose before being purchased as an art object.
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.
Bert Phillips Collection, Santa Fe, NM;
Forrest Fenn Collection, Santa Fe, NM;
Jack Silverman Collection, Aspen, CO;
[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).
Sandoval, Cassandra et al. Pueblo Treasures from the Silverman Museum. Denver: Denver Public Library, 2005, pp. 58-59, cat. no. 22, ill. p. 58.