Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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JAR (Olla)
JAR (Olla)
TitleJAR (Olla)
Case Location0035
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1850-1860
Description
This water jar is similar in conception to artifact numbers 32, 71, and other Zuni jars in the collection. The top band of decoration is t'sipopa kyatsotanne (stripes with points) that represents timuci (thunder knife), a knife used by priests in many ceremonies. Between each pair is the alununanne (diamond) and neweyulinne (Newekwe Society face painting) motif. The diamond represents the sling used by boys to hunt birds.

Below this are four panels, each with a pair of netsikâ lanne (crooks, or drumsticks, used in ceremonies) with lapanwe (feathers) motifs that frame a band of wotsanawe (water birds, perhaps ducks). 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. Sunflowers are often interpreted as sun symbols. Between each of the four panels is a hepakinne (sunflower) motif, often interpreted as representing the sun.
DescriptorsJAR
Height25.5 cm
Diameter35.1 cm x 34.7 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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