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Water Jar (Olla)

Water Jar (Olla)

1850-1860

Ceramic

Overall: 25.5 x 33 cm (10 1/16 x 13 in.)

Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White 1937.898

Description

The Zuni carried water in jars like this one balanced atop the head. The water well was a gathering place and the vessels’ public visibility explains their elaborate decoration-here, a beautifully rendered rain bird whose beak spirals between two stylized wings. The wings’ stepped shape and hachure represent rain-filled clouds.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Ceramic

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