Olla (water jar)

Native American (Tesuque Pueblo)
about 1850–70


Object Place: Tesuque, New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 28.6 cm (11 1/4 in.) Diam.(Overall): 26.7 cm (10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1994.228

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Globular body with pronounced neck that flares slightly. Stone polished white ground covers 85% of vessel; red band and red clay on lower 15%. Black slip painting; double bands frame neck, which has within diagonally placed split feathers, tips touching upper and lower band and rotating around neck ground. Wide body area holds a pair of large whirling six armed seed-pod-like images on one side with a serpent-like stepped symbol moving horizontally on the other side; feather symbols are attached to the outer corners of the steps. The painting leaves a high percentage of open ground giving the feeling of symbols suspended in space.

Provenance

Purchased by Charles Nichols at sale 1589, Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Massachusetts, 25 June 1994, lot no. 0118; to MFA, 1994, gift of Nichols with the Seminarians.

Credit Line

Gift of The Seminarians