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Bicentennial jar

Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Potter Santana Melchor (Native American, 1889–about 1978), Painter Crucita Melchor (Native American, born in 1932)

Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.) Diam.(Overall): 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Red clay body slipped white with red slip on underbody, base, and inside rim. Crossed American flags, strutting geometrically painted bird with head plumes, and yucca plant painted around body. Rim encircled with three black bands with “spirit break”  body -underbody division encircled with two black bands above which are sets of bird- tracks.


[Signed in pen on base:] SANtANA MelchOR / SANtO Domingo


From the Artist to Rick Dillingham; Dillingham collection until 1993; with Ray Dewey, Santa Fe, New Mexico; with Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, by 1994; purchased by MFA, 1994, from Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously and by the Gallery Instructors Associates