An Acoma polychrome storage jar
Lot 4015
An Acoma polychrome storage jar
Sold for US$ 59,750 inc. premium

Lot Details
An Acoma polychrome storage jar
An Acoma polychrome storage jar
A four-color example, with a double rainbow band meander framing staggered rows of parrots amidst foliage, contrasting in their color schemes, stylized feathers and leaf forms as accents, a series of leaning split rectangles across the bottom, small areas of touch up.
height 15 3/4, diameter 16 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Ex-Robert Musser Collection, Aspen, Colorado. Ex-Robert Gallegos Collection, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ex-Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Illustrated as Plate 19 in Harlow, Two Hundred Years of Historic Pueblo Pottery: The Gallegos Collection.

    See Batkin, page 147, the lower figure, for A Polychrome Olla, Acoma or Laguna Pueblo, circa 1900, with a similar band of diagonal split diamonds. The olla illustrated in Batkin is in the collection of the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    “The depiction of parrots on Acoma pottery vessels pays tribute to the enormous sacred significance of birds in Pueblo Indian mythology and religion. The use of three colors – dark red, light red, and orange – demonstrates awesome skill in the handling of these difficult earth colors. The parrots alternate in color around the jar but maintain all the crucial elements of traditional Acoma stylization, including the breast diamond, the crest over the head, the open semi-circle, and the triad of tail feathers. The continuous rainbow around the pot is a feature that has evolved from the 'path line,' whose origin is clouded in the mysterious symbology of ancestral pottery dating back to the fourteenth century. The oblique split rectangles around the bottom of the design also hark back to an ancient origin; to modern eyes they suggest a long line of circus elephants, each with its feet on the next one’s rump. In typical fashion for this vessel’s date of origin (circa 1900), there are sprigs of foliage with berries, which each bird reaches forward to grasp. Dark red clay slip has been used to produce the warm earth color of the base and the interior of the neck. This large and fine jar was intended and used for the storage of dried vegetables, fruit, or grain.” -F.H.H.
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