Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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JAR (Olla)
JAR (Olla)
TitleJAR (Olla)
Case Location0028
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1850-1860
Description
Wotsanawe (water birds) are the band of birds below the rim of the vessel. The Zuni say that they like to paint water birds on water jars in the hope that the birds' presence will ensure the water jars will never be empty. Above and below this band are double bands, both of which may represent spirit lines. The lower one has a gap; the paint on the upper one is too fragmentary to be certain. Another double band with a break encircles the bottom of the jar.

The center of the body has three na'lan k'yakwenne (deer's house) motifs that are somewhat unusual because the floral elements do not enclose the deer on both sides in the same way that they do on the other jars in this collection such as artifact number 74. The deer are on black ground that symbolizes the damp earth where women want to plant their gardens. Deer images are often used in the hope that they will bring success in hunting.
DescriptorsJAR
Height11.7 cm
Diameter16.7 cm x 16.9 cm
Type.DigitalImage
RightsIllinois Wesleyan University retains the rights to this material. Permission to reproduce these images must be granted by IWU. Contact archives@titan.iwu.edu or 309-556-1535 for more information.
Collection NameJohn Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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