Possibly the work of Trinidad Medina, a four-color example, arching bands framing bird figures, capped feathers and other accents. height 19 1/4in, diameter 22 1/2in
Regarding the attribution to Trinidad Medina, amongst the most famous of Zia potters, a study of work documented as hers and illustrated in Harlow and Lanmon, 2003, pp.285-288, show multiple details in common with the current lot. The depiction of avian motifs was common in Zia pottery but her distinct rendering of bird figures, the frequent use of four colors, the capped feather clusters, small negative geometric accents (as in the corner rectangles in our lot) all point to this master potter. Also telling is the unusual dotted rim band. In the section dedicated to Medina's artistic output on pages 286-287 the authors note: "Similar birds, but with fringed wings, and standing deer decorate a jar that was sold in 1995; it has rim decoration of repeated small dots." The jar referred to was sold here by Butterfield & Butterfield, June 11, 1995, lot 2130.