MARICOPA BLACK ON CREAM JAR circa 1890
This is a truly old Maricopa piece, despite someone's helpful pencil notation on the bottom: "Santa Domingo 1920." Perhaps a tourist did buy it at Santo Domingo around that time, but if they did, it was years old when they bought it. It's a wonderful example of a scarce type. Fontana's 1960 Papago Indian Pottery calls plainware of this shape a "bean cooking pot." However, we've also been told that decorated pieces of this size and shape were called "scalp jars." In this case, who knows, but we hope not. This gets special featured treatment on page 104 of our Second Edition of Sourthwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
7-1/4" diameter x 6-7/8" high
Condition well worn, broken and reglued. Repair, visible as a faint crack
in both photos, is not disfiguring, but there's a small missing piece along
the repair line an inch below the neck.