BLACK ON CREAM E-E TOY
BANK circa 1930
This belongs to an early side-chapter in O'odham pottery. The 1962 Papago Indian Pottery by Bernard Fonana and others is the only book we've found so far devoted exclusively to O'odham pottery. It describes pottery known as e-e toys and tells us that the Montaña family had been making them for "four or five generations"—a description that takes them well back into the nineteenth century. These came in two forms, all with this distinctive face and chin: as standing figures like this or on bowls. This one is a bit unusual even for an e-e toy, since the potter made it as a bank. We can only be grateful that a child didn't have to break it to recover the money inside. This sits with other Montaña e-e toys on pages 157 and 158 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art and on page 133 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
4-1/2" diameter x 7-1/2" high
Condition excellent for its age
Montaña e-e toys from the 1930s