TESUQUE POLYCHROME RAIN GOD circa 1930
This is a typical effort from the later days of Rain God production. We dated it at 1930 because of the store-bought paint. After 1900, Tesuque potters covered these with a cream-colored slip and began decorating them with inks. From 1900 to 1930, the potters almost always made them quickly, didn't bother to fire them and didn't waste a lot of time or ink decorating them. As a result, a lot of them broke quickly and they're relatively scarce today. These were hardly sacred items. In 1905, Santa Fe trader Jake Gold sold them for $6.50 a barrel and a Chicago candy company gave them away as premiums.
3" wide by 4" deep x 6" high
Consdering its age and how much these were valued in their day, it's in remarkably good condition. Except for some paint scratches on the bucket rim, there's almost no sign of wear.