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Lot 0059
Native American, southwestern United States, Zuni, ca. 1890s CE. A stunning coil-formed pottery jar with a concave circular base, a wide, apple-shaped body, rounded shoulders with a tapered neck, and a thin rim overhanging the deep basin. The vessel is enveloped in a base layer of white slip and then decorated with intricate curvilinear, spiraling, crosshatch, and diamond-form motifs in hues of black and russet. The body features encircled, five-petaled flowers on either side, a pair of concentric lines enclosing three abstract avian figures, abstract tiered forms within steepled borders flanked with spiraling hooks, and concentric diamonds within cloud-form terminals along the neck. The rim exhibits a thin black stripe on the interior and exterior surfaces, and the base is embellished with a solid russet-red color. An exemplary vessel from the Zuni! Size: 13.4" diameter x 10.4" H (34 cm x 26.4 cm).

A stylistically-similar example of a slightly larger size hammered for $7,500 at Bonhams, Los Angeles "Native American Art" auction (December 11, 2018, lot 452)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection

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Minor nicks and abrasions to rim, body, and base, with fading and chipping to areas of original pigmentation, and light encrustations within basin, otherwise intact and excellent. Nice earthen deposits and great traces of original pigment throughout.

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Superb 1890s Zuni Polychrome Jar w/ Birds & Flowers

Estimate $5,000 - $7,000Oct 03
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Louisville, CO, USA