TOHONO O'ODHAM BLACK ON BUFF JAR circa 1940
This large, important jar is difficult to date accurately, and the information we've been able to find is of scant help. This is one of three of these jars that we've found, and they're all shown on pages 135, 136 and 137 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on pages 159 and 161 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art. One of the problems with O'odham pottery is that so little of it has been documented. The one book that discusses it in depth is Papago Indian Pottery by Fontana et al., published in 1962, and it neither shows nor mentions large black on white or buff jars like this. Because of that, we felt the other two, much whiter jars must be later than the book, so we put them at 1965. However, we got this from a woman who bought it in 1975 and it was old then. Her impression was that it was pre-World War II, hence the 1940 date.
10" diameter x 7-1/2" high
Condition very good, stabilized rim crack
and minor paint restoration on one side
The two white ones. We put their date as 1965.