Native American, southwestern United States, New Mexico, Acoma Pueblo, ca. mid-20th century CE, signed by Edwin & Minerva Sarracino (active mid-20th century). A sizable, hand-built pottery jar with a concave base, an inverted piriform body, a rounded shoulder, and a squat rim surrounding the deep basin. The cream-slipped vessel displays a beautiful decorative program on each half that consists of two abstract birds flanking a tall, leafy stalk with five floral blossoms. The birds and foliate motifs are framed with abstract curving borders reminiscent of large-feathered bird wings, and two columns of triangular, stepped, and fretted patterns separate the wondrous images. A strip of black pigment along the rim separates a solid red panel within the rim, and the base is unadorned. A fabulous example of intricate Acoma artistry! Size: 10.9" W x 10.4" H (27.7 cm x 26.4 cm).
Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection
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