Zia jar with birds

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Zia jar with birds

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9 1/2” diameter x 8 1/4” high

circa late 1890s-1910

excellent condition with normal wear as is expected of a jar this age

ex: Morningstar Gallery, Santa Fe; Private NJ Collection

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There are four (4) birds on this jar. Two are what Lanmon and Harlow call “Zia birds”.* Please note that the bird’s wing is separated from the body of the bird. This is a characteristic that is found on Zia jars that were collected by the Stevensons in 1887. The other two birds are parrots, which are often seen on Zia jars from 1880s-1920s. The cream-colored slip was applied very thinly, allowing the natural red of the clay to shine through.

There is a folk-art quality to this jar. The birds are funky and one cannot help but smile when looking at this pot.