Olla (water jar)

Native American (Acoma Pueblo)

Object Place: Acoma, New Mexico, United States


29.8 cm (11.75 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)





Black and red slip decoration with white ground on coil-built earthenware water jar. Geometric designs painted in a four-part arrangement involving checkerboard chevrons, fine line striping, and stylized foliate bird ornament. Base colored black; rim ringed in black. Interior rim colored one third down with red clay slip; rest of interior white.


Probably first owned by Alfred Wayland Cutting (b. 1860) of Wayland, MA; he traveled to Santa Fe in 1885. It is known that he made the usual purchases in Gold's Trading Post in Santa Fe. However, this piece may have been purchased by Francis Bacon Sears II (b. 1873) of Weston, MA when he traveled in the Southwest in 1904. The piece came to auction from the estate of Edwin B. Sears (son of Francis Bacon Sears II), which also included items from Alfred Cutting's collection (uncle of Marion Buckingham Sears, mother of Edwin Sears). Purchased by MFA 1988 from Ronald Bourgeault Auction.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Anne and Joseph P. Pellegrino