Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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JAR (Olla)
JAR (Olla)
TitleJAR (Olla)
Case Location0048
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1850-1860
Description
The painted motifs on this water jar represent similar concepts to those on several other jars but are somewhat less complex in the number of different elements. 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. Beneath this band is a spirit line.

Two large double bands of paired netsikâ (crooks, or drumsticks, used in ceremonies) motifs are on the body of the jar, one upper, one lower. The upper pairs of crooks are each connected by a single wihetsanna netsikâwe (baby crooks) with nitep'owa anpatlopa (triangles) on the edges. The lower pairs are connected by plain na'lan (deer) motifs. Like the images on artifact number 32, the deer are not depicted in either their house or in a house of flowers but 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. The panels are separated from one another by a pair of vertical designs, each consisting of two lakwelenapa (feathers sticking up), above and below a circle surrounded by a band of triangles that may represent the sun. A spirit break encircling the bottom of the jar completes the painted decoration
DescriptorsJAR
Height24.5 cm (approx)
Diameter37.0 cm x 36.9 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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