Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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JAR (Olla)
JAR (Olla)
TitleJAR (Olla)
Case Location0082
Cultural AffiliationHopi
CA details1st Mesa
Date of Manufactureca.. 1850-1860
Description
The shape of this crudely made water jar and the polychrome painted flower and other motifs are atypical of Hopi ceramics, even for the class of pottery that Wade and McChesney classify as "Eccentric." Artifact numbers 97, 98, and 99 are other examples of this class of vessels that come from the Second Mesa village of Mishongnovi. All are technically inferior to Polacca ceramics.

The general shape of the jar more closely resembles Tewa and Keres jars from the Rio Grande area, and the flowers particularly resemble those of Tesuque Pueblo.

Spirit lines encircle the neck and bottom of the jar. Beneath the upper line is a line of crescents that probably represents clouds. Interspersed among the flowers are two, vertically depicted birds (chickens?) that are somewhat Zuni-like in appearance. The other two vertical motifs are panels of what may be floral elements with feathers from which rain seems to be falling and two sets of diagonal diamonds that may be lightning.
DescriptorsJAR
Height20.2 cm
Diameter26.1 cm x 26.0 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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