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Zia Pueblo, New Mexico

Water jar with bird decoration

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Object Details

Culture

Zia Pueblo, New Mexico

Date

1800-1850

Medium

Slip-painted ceramic

Dimensions

10 3/4 × 12 1/2 inches (27.3 × 31.8 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Eugene P. Andrews

Object
Number

77.050.004

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONThis large ceramic jar from Zia Pueblo, New Mexico, features a bird design.WHERE WA(…)

BRIEF DESCRIPTIONThis large ceramic jar from Zia Pueblo, New Mexico, features a bird design.WHERE WAS IT MADE?Zía Pueblo (Tsi’ya in the eastern Keres language) is located north of the Jemez River and west of the modern city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.HOW WAS IT MADE?Zia jars are made using the coil method–the walls of the jar are successively built up with long coils of clay. Red and black designs are painted over a tan background. The background and the painted designs are all made from slip, which is a mixture of clay and water. Different colors of clay are gathered to make different colors of slip.HOW WAS IT USED?This large jar or “olla” may be a storage jar or a water jar.WHY DOES IT LOOK LIKE THIS?Famous for large storage jars and huge dough bowls, Zia pottery is distinct from its neighboring pueblos because it is made with clay that fires to a rich red tone and comes in a variety of styles including polychrome on a white slip ground and polychrome on orange. Favorite designs at Zia include an undulating rainbow band, large birds (commonly roadrunners) like the one on this jar, and abstracted floral designs.

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