ZIA POLYCHROME BOWL circa 1935
This remains one of our favorite Zia pieces because it really echoes the past. According to a caption under a similar piece in Dittmer and Plog's Generations in Clay, it's "almost identical in design to many bowls of this type." When it comes to putting a date on it, its right-down-the-middle traditional design has provoked mild disagreement among experts. It was sold to us as circa 1920, and another authority agreed. However, one of our best go-to people said 1940. We're compromising on 1935. One thing we do know for sure is that whoever made it was an excellent potter and assured painter. It's tempting to think of people like Isabel Toribio as a possible maker, and we can say with considerable assurance that the artist who made it had comparable skills. The wear on this is a result of use, as evidenced by its bottom. It was once owned by someone named Coriz (a more likeliy Kewa or Jemez name), and she put her name on it in silver nail polish before she took it to the potluck. This appears on page 185 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni. An excellent piece.
6-1/4" diameter x 3-3/8" high
Some honest wear, otherwise in very good condition. No repairs or restoration.