An Acoma polychrome olla
Lot 4012
An Acoma polychrome storage jar
Sold for US$ 35,850 inc. premium
Auction Details
An Acoma polychrome olla
Lot Details
An Acoma polychrome storage jar
With wide expansive sides, high shoulder and tapering neck, decorated with an elaborate composition repeated three times, each arrangement centering a heartline stag enclosed by a myriad of geometric forms, spiraling hooks at top and bottom resembling bird heads, restorations to base.
height 16 1/2in, diameter 18 1/4in

Footnotes

  • Ex-Morning Bird Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    See Frank and Harlow, Fig. 131, for A Polychrome Olla with Large Heartline Stag Pictorials, Acoma, circa 1890, in the collection of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico (#12068/12).

    See Harlow, Two Hundred Years of Historic Pueblo Pottery: The Gallegos Collection, Plate 22, for another Polychrome Olla, Acoma, circa 1920, with heartline deer pictorials.

    “Pueblo Indians are masters at the skillful blending of outside influences into the traditional and individualistic patterns of each village. Each new element of religion, architecture, design, and ceremony, once assimilated, enhances the village strength and power all that much more. This superb jar exhibits the point especially well. Likely made shortly after 1900, this jar shows the incorporation of designs from Zuni Pueblo, about fifty miles to the west, and the Hopi Indian villages in northeastern Arizona, over a hundred miles from Acoma. The deer, with white rump and arrowhead-tipped line from mouth to heart is a Zuni Pueblo innovation especially popular at that village during the decades from 1860 to 1900. More stylized are the four bird-headed figures sprouting from the corners of each deer dwelling. These spiral-ended figures have cross-hatchured bodies and heads with diamond eyes, showing much Hopi Indian feeling in their appearance and placement. On close examination the head is seen to consist of a very stylized bird feather. Hopi influence is also seen in the plant growing by the front feet of each deer. The overall pattern is highly complex, enlivened by sparse touches of red and held together in coherent unity by the curves and structure of overall vessel form.” -F.H.H.
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