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Southwest, Pueblo, Zuni, Post- Contact Period, 19th century
ceramic, Overall: 25.5 x 33 cm (10 x 12 15/16 in.). Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White 1937.898
The Zuni carried water in jars like this one balanced atop the head. The water well was a gathering place and the vesselsâ€™ public visibility explains their elaborate decoration-here, a beautifully rendered rain bird whose beak spirals between two stylized wings. The wingsâ€™ stepped shape and hachure represent rain-filled clouds.
CMA 2010: "Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection" March 7 - May 30, 2010
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