Kewa (Santo Domingo) large pictorial storage jar

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Kewa (Santo Domingo) large pictorial storage jar

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16” diameter x 16” high with a rounded bottom

polychrome with alternating birds and mirror image floral spirals ( off a stem?)

circa 1890-1900

very good condition. A few stabilized cracks and one chip on the inner neck

Provenance: Pictured in Kenneth Chapman’s The Pottery of Santo Domingo, Plate 5, 1936. This pot is likely to have been in Chapman’s personal collection. First Edition copy of Chapman’s The Pottery of Santo Domingo is included with the pot upon its sale.

ex: Private Collection

$25,000.

(mc2160)

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Large storage jars like this were infrequently collected. They are difficult to make and they were very difficult to ship on the railroads. Rather, they were used until they fell apart. They generally stored grain. Supporting this statement is the fact that the pot has a rounded bottom, more easily stored on a pueblo's dirt floor. In addition, pottery from Kewa (Santo Domingo) was made for sale less frequently than pottery in other pueblos.

This jar is quite beautiful with a polychrome bird alternating with an intriguing spiral design. It is priced very reasonably and offers the collector an opportunity to own an early and rare pot.