Olla (water jar)

Native American (Acoma Pueblo)
about 1910

Object Place: Acoma, New Mexico, United States


31.75 x 21.59 cm (12 1/2 x 8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View





Coil-built water jar having a ruffled lip and two handles. Body has been painted with black, red, and brown slip decoration on white ground. Geometric designs consist of hatched and striped chevrons, cloud formations, foliage, and bird symbols painted in one continuous pattern beginning below triangular shaped patterns at the lip of the vase, and ending at base, which has been painted red. Interior of neck has been painted with red clay slip; rest of interior is white body.


To Florence Kreter by 1988; purchased by MFA at auction from the Estate of Florence Kreter, Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Massachusetts, July 8, 1988.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter S. Lynch