Laguna/Acoma jar

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Laguna/Acoma jar

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polychrome jar

circa 1870s

7" d x "6 7/8" h

excellent condition (read below)

ex: old inventory tag: 1215; S. P. Baldwin #6

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Dwight Lanmon, author along with Francis Harlow of The Pottery of Acoma Pueblo (Museum of New Mexico Press, 2014),  maintains that at this point in time, there is no definitive evidence that distinguishes Laguna from Acoma pottery.  In the marketplace, however, certain types of designs are associated with Laguna.

The marketplace defines this style of pot as having been made at Laguna. In fact, the people of Laguna and Acoma intermarried, making that attribution somewhat debatable. The important point is that what is associated with Laguna is the very strong impact of design created by the potter using more negative space in her design, giving drama and impact to the pot. 

 At some point in the history of this jar, a piece was broken out of it. The same piece was reglued into the pot, with only one very small hole being filled. There is also a chip to the interior slip on the rim...just the interior red slip of the neck was nicked. The exterior is undamaged. This type of damage is to be expected in a pot of this age and does not significantly hurt the value of the pot.

This jar is a treasure, with great form, strong paint, and grand visual impact. 

Its characteristics help date it to the decade preceding the coming of the railroad to the Southwest, which obviously opened up opportunities for increased trade and therefore survival of pots. Pottery such as this rarely appear on the market. 

The design, depth of color, and artistry clearly make this jar stand out.  This is a wonderful opportunity to own a great early Historic jar for a very reasonable price.