A Zia polychrome olla

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Lot 4011
A Zia polychrome olla
height 10 1/2in, diameter 11 1/4in

Sold for US$ 13,742 inc. premium
A Zia polychrome olla
With high shoulder and tapering raised neck, depicting a pair of bird figures with wings raised and head lifted, these alternate with opposing floral sprays of leaves, vines and blossoms.
height 10 1/2in, diameter 11 1/4in

Footnotes

  • Ex-Joseph Vakos collection. Ex-Forrest Fenn Collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    See Batkin, page 126, the upper figure, for another Polychrome Olla with Parrot Pictorials, Zia Pueblo, circa 1890, in the collection of the Taylor Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    “In stark contrast to the parrot jars from Acoma, this vessel has a solid boldness that is virtually devoid of frilly embellishment. The bird is of an unknown genus, certainly not of the parrot family. It stands with its feet planted firmly on the ground, not in the manner of Acoma birds that perch daintily on stems or flowers. Its wings make solid contact with its body. With its mysterious black body and red wings we could speculate that the local redwing blackbird is intended. Standard split leaves and the Zia type of multi-petal flower have likewise solidity that contrasts to the flowing Acoma foliage. Small abrasions of the surface reveal the darkness of the clay body with which the vessel is constructed; Acoma clay is quite different, usually nearly white in color. Another feature that shows faintly in this picture, is the presence of a wide red band just below the design area, which never occurs on pottery from Acoma.” -F.H.H.
A Zia polychrome olla
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