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ACOMA POLYCHROME OLLA circa 1930


In all our years of collecting, we can't recall ever having seen another Acoma jar quite like this small olla. The Hopi slip makes it almost unique. Normally, when yellow appears on an Acoma poiychrome, it's either a pale canary color or a pale Velveeta-cheese color. This is a pure Hopi slip with a Hopi-style polish on an Acoma jar. The jar has one other Hopi touch. The usual Acoma olla of the period would have an indented bottom, where Hopi ollas of the same age had flat bottoms like this one. Cross-cultural pieces like this always get us to wondering. This is in excellent shape, but with minor fire-clouding from traditional firing. The clouds are appropriate to a jar of its age and aren't serious enough to harm its appearance. We've included it in our books from the beginning. It was on page 45 of the First Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, and twenty years later, it reappeared on page 53 of the Second Edition. A scarce, perhape even rare, piece.


8" diameter x 5-3/4" high


Condition excellent considering its age, unrestored


H-225   SOLD