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Olla (water jar)

Native American (Zia Pueblo)
late 1980s
Helen Gachupin (Native American, 1931–about 1991)

Object Place: Zia, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 25.4 cm (10 in.) Diam.(Overall): 26 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Body silhouette flares slowly to widest point at shoulder then turns toward wide, short neck. Muted slips; wide red band at base. Body and neck painting merge after a thin black line. Two rainbow arches divide body ground in half enclosing deer and feather symbols. Between deer and rainbows are triagular areas of feather motifs topped with a roadrunner’s head.


On base: Helen Gachupin / Zia


Purchased from the artist by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Pellegrino by the late 1980s; to MFA, 1993, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pellegrino.

Credit Line

Gift of Anne and Joseph P. Pellegrino