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MARIA DURAN (?–?) and PRISCILLA LILLY FLOWER (?–?)

TESUQUE POLYCHROME JAR circa 1940


This little piece has all the character of Tesuque tourist pottery of the 1880s—what they made before the potters devoted themselves to high-output rain god production. It has a 19th-century polish and slip and a painted design that's right down the middle of what you'd expect from Tesuque in the old days. Layers of stickers on its base tell us that it's "By Butterfly Maria E. Duran of Tesuque Pueblo, Painting by Priscilla Lilly Flower." Priwcilla Lilly Flower may be Priscilla Vigil (1919–?), an honored member of the Tesuque Elders Circle and still exhibiting into the 1990s. Maria the Butterfly remains a mystery. The books and the family trees show a lot of Durans from Tesuque, but no Marias. As noted below, this has been broken and repaired, but its undamaged side gives a true impression of Tesuque in the good old days. This is featured on page 182 our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and appears on page 47 of our Pottery of the Southwest.


3-3/4" diameter x 3" high


Broken and reglued with fire cloud on broken side,

but good surface remaining on unbroken side


H-339   $225