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OHKAY OWINGE BLACKWARE BOWL circa 1895


This Is all about history. A hundred years ago, the potters at Ohkay (they called it San Juan Pueblo then) were making bowls like this just like they'd done for a hundred years before. They were all thin and light compared to the blackware the potters made next door at Santa Clara, and whether these were fired red or fired black, they all featured a highly polished slip on the upper body and an equally polished unslipped lower body, which provided the color change. This one got used a lot. It's been broken and reglued, dinged about the rim and picked up a lot of discoloration over the years. All that might bother super-fastidious collectors, but the compensating value is that it gives the full history of the pot.

     A piece like this isn't for everyone, but for the person who understands the story it has to tell, it says a lot..


8-1/2" diameter x 5-3/4" high


Broken and repaired. Condition

about what you'd expect for a piece

that's been knocked around for

more than a century.


S-1065     $450