Zuni dough bowl

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Zuni dough bowl

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15 1/2" diameter x 6" high

Excellent condition (there is repair and overpaint to what appears to be a firing crack in the pot)

circa 1880-1890s

ex: Private Collection; Marcy Burns Schillay Collection since 2004

$5500.

(P0473)

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This dough bowl is truly the most beautiful dough bowl that I have ever seen. It transcends craft and becomes art. The form and design are classic Zuni dough bowl forms.

There is a blue padre bead affixed to the interior bottom after initial firing. It likely was affixed by the Zuni. The Zuni and other Pueblo Indians do not discuss anything that might imply ceremonial so we cannot say with certainty why this bead was attached to the pot.

 As indicated above, this pot has a long firing crack that has been stabilized and overpainted. We have backlit and studied it extensively.