Acoma Pueblo Rare Five Color Polychrome Bird and Floral Jar, ca. 1880
A stunning example of historic pottery circa 1880, this rare Acoma Pueblo five color polychrome jar features a classic bird and floral motif. The addition of a green pigment included in the composition indicates this piece was used for ceremonial purposes. The bulbous body plateaus at a rounded shoulder and terminates with a tapered neck. A lively design of large birds with flowers is featured across the exterior of the jar. In absolutely wonderful condition, this piece has maintained its bright coloring and has no cracks or chips.
Situated at the top of a mesa, Acoma Pueblo also known as ‘Sky City’, has been inhabited since before the twelfth century and is proclaimed as a National Historic Landmark. Traditional Acoma pottery is made using a slate-like clay found within the hills surrounding the Pueblo. When fired using traditional methods, this clay allows the potters to form very thin walls, a common and sought after characteristic of Acoma pottery. The pottery of Acoma, aside from its prized artistic value, was originally functional. Pottery provided storage, cooking, and eating. water jugs were used by the men of Acoma for long hunting trips or camping. Other pots were used as seed pots to store seeds for planting in the coming years. Today the pottery of Acoma is not only revered and collected for its unique artistic characteristics, but also because of its immensely rich historical value.