Historic Acoma Pueblo Polychrome Jar with Geometric Designs, ca. 1890


This beautifully hypnotic Acoma Pueblo historic polychrome jar circa 1890, is in wonderful condition with no cracks or chips. The surface still features bold coloring from the traditional paints and the geometric designs speak of the cyclic movement of daily life. With a bulbous body, subtle shoulder and tapered neck, the shaping lends to the mesmerizing visual effects of the painted composition.

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.


11  1/2″ height

12″ width


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