TOHONO O'ODHAM BLACK ON RED BIRD EFFIGY circa 1890
This exceptional effigy jar serves as an example of late 19th century Tohono pottery at its absolute best. The design, sculpture and finish are as good as it gets, and its imagination content puts it beyond any early piece we've ever seen from Tohono. Our longtime book partner, John Blom, told us long ago that he evaluates pottery based on what the state of the art was at that place at that time. By his standards, and because of its condition, this is at the top of the ladder. It appears in three of our books: on page 133 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, on page 52 of Pottery of the Southwest and on page 157 of The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
7-1/2" long x 3-1/2" wide x 5" high
Condition excellent aside from repaired chip on inside of right foot