Illinois Wesleyan University John Wesley Powell Collection of Pueblo Pottery (Illinois Wesleyan University)
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JAR (Olla)
JAR (Olla)
TitleJAR (Olla)
Case Location0049
Cultural AffiliationZuni
Date of Manufactureca. 1860-1870
Description
Although this jar has painted designs found on other Zuni jars in the collection, the overall layout is quite different. The neck of the jar has a band of simplified netsikâ (a crook, or drumstick, used in ceremonies) motifs in red and black, beneath which is a spirit break. The shoulder and side of the jar has two panels of paired pulakia (butterflies) with what appears to be an inverted variant of wihetsanna netsikâwe (baby crooks). Beneath these are two more bands of simplified netsikâ motifs in red and black.

These horizontal bands are separated by two vertical panels of wihetsanna netsikâwe (baby crooks) with nitep'owa anpatlopa (triangles) on the edges with the lower example of each being inverted, and what appear to be lapanawe (feathers) attached. The two motifs frame a single wotsanawe (water bird) on each side of the jar. 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.
DescriptorsJAR
Height20.7 cm
Diameter28.4 cm x 27.9 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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