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Olla (water jar)

Native American (Cochiti Pueblo)
about 1920s
Possibly by Ignacita Suina (active about 1915–about 1930s)

Object Place: Cochiti, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 29.2 cm (11 1/2 in.) Diam. (Overall): 31.1cm (12 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View





Spherical body with short, slightly flaring neck. Majority of body ground is white slipped; the balance at the base is red slipped. Neck band is decorated with black zig-zag with negative eye-shapes between. The body image is a configuration of symbols with the whirlwind (swastika) at center, flanked by arrows, clouds, parallel lines, and triangles. This configuration is repeated once.


Acquired in Cochiti Pueblo by a gentleman who lived in Dixon who installed Westinghouse Machines for the Pueblos; with Barbara Ardizone of Encore Antiques, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by 1983; purchased by MFA, 1993.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds doanted by the Fraser Family Foundation