Zuni polychrome jar with frogs and butterflies

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Zuni polychrome jar with frogs and butterflies

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9" diameter x 6" high

natural clay and red, black and white pigments with green added post-firing

circa 1900

excellent condition with one frog's head broken and re-attached

SPECIAL SALE: $4500. (reduced from $5800.)

(mc1938)

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Zuni jars such as this were designed to hold water. Jars with three-dimensional applied figures appeared about the same time as the arrival of the Stevensons' collecting trips for the BAE. Perhaps these pots were made for commercial purposes. Alternatively, perhaps some were made and used in ceremonies.

 Some scholars believe that ceremonial use is indicated by the presence of green paint that was applied post-firing on the backs of the 3-dimensional frogs.  It has also been said that after use in ceremonies, the head(s) of the frogs are intentionally broken. In any event, it is very fortunate that all the frogs on this jar have their original heads and paint.

To read more about Zuni polychrome jars with modeled frogs and painted butterflies, go to Lanmon and Harlow, The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo (University of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe, 2008), page 362.