MOJAVE RED ON BUFF 4-SPOUT JAR circa 1910
When the railroad came through Needles, California in the late 19th century, Mojave potters made small pieces to sell to tourists at the railroad station. They sold standard European shapes like teacups and cream pitchers, always done with traditional design motifs. They also made pieces that only existed in the Mojave imagination, like this four-spout jar, and these eccentrics have become prized by collectors. Mojave potters have made four-spouters for more than a hundred years, sometimes with an effigy head, sometimes without, and almost always with a loop at the top. This is a pure example of the type. One much like it appears on page 117 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni and on page 141 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
4-1/2" wide including spouts x 5-1/2" high
Remarkable condition for its age. No restoration or touchup.