Zuni pottery jar

As Dwight Lanmon and Francis Harlow state in their book, The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo, there were still some potters at Zuni in the 1920s-1930s who were making quality pottery equal to that collected by Stephenson for the Smithsonian in the late 1800s. This jar is clearly an example of that quality and the continuation of traditional designs. Unfortunately, at this time, we don't have enough documented jars to make a solid attribution to potter. Pueblo pots were generally not signed until after World War II.


This jar has exquisite design, symmetry, and form. The strong contrast between positive and negative is also something to be valued. Condition is excellent. As is true for most Zuni pots, the clay is relatively thin-walled. The native clay has kaolin it, which is in porcelain, and it gives strength to the pot. The paints are local mineral paints. It was coiled, smoothed with a stone or gourd, painted with a yucca brush, and then fired outdoors over a fire made of cakes of sheep dung and straw.

Dealer Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC
Date: circa 1930s
Origin Zuni Pueblo, NM
Artist/Maker unknown potter
Measurements 11" d x 8" high
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Website http://www.marcyburns.com
Price $8500.
Contact Marcy Burns Schillay, 212-439-9257 or  info@marcyburns.com

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