An Acoma canteen

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Lot 4001
An Acoma canteen
height 9 1/4in, diameter 10in

US$ 8,000 - 12,000
£ 6,100 - 9,100
An Acoma canteen
On a rounded base, with bulbous body, a pair of lug handles and small cylindrical spout, painted with an ornate composition of conjoined split rectangles, checkered panels and stylized floral accents.
height 9 1/4in, diameter 10in

Footnotes

  • Ex-Dewey Galleries, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    See Batkin, page 141, upper illustration, for A Polychrome Olla, Acoma Pueblo, circa 1800, with similar black and white motifs. The Acoma olla illustrated in Batkin is in the collection of the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    “This canteen is much like that of Fig. 29 (Pueblo Treasure). Here the form is even more inflated, resulting in an elliptical shape with longest axis from front to back. Several features differ from those of Fig. 29. Whereas that canteen has black-edged red areas and a circle of black arcs, this one has black areas only, and lacks the encircling black arcs, indicating a style dating several decades earlier. The same type of contrast is seen on jars, of which the example in Fig. 13 is typical of the style just before 1800, characterized by black figures in the decoration, and no black arcs on the neck. Shortly after 1800, the line of arcs appears on the neck and several decades later the use of black-edged-red figures becomes common. The jar in Fig. 23 illustrates this later style on a jar from Laguna Pueblo, which has the black-edged-red areas, but lacks an arrow of arcs around the neck. This canteen could possibly be from that village, but more investigations will be required to settle the matter. The checkerboard inclusions on this canteen are a very typical Acoma embellishment that occurs frequently until after 1900.” -F.H.H.
An Acoma canteen
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