Olla (water jar)

Native American (Acoma Pueblo)

Object Place: Acoma, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 19.7 cm (7 3/4 in.) Diam.(Overall): 22.9 cm (9 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View





Classic water jar form. Painting divided into two fields with a narrow portion of red at base; fields are separated by two wide bands at shoulder which do not quite connect. The body painting holds two configurations with several stepped passages with hooked and feather shapes. These are filled with meticulously painted parallel lines on the diagonal. The neck portion is divided into four sections repeating a configuration of triangles, steps, and two hooked forms. One shape is filled with parallel lines on the diagonal and dots. A broken fine band underneath. Inner red band.


Purchased from a private collector in Cottonwood, Arizona, by Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery of Santa Fe, New Mexico, by 1995; purchased by MFA, 1995, from Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery