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ZUNI POLYCHROME JAR circa 1930


From the late 19th century on, Zuni potters made little pieces for sale to the tourists at varying quality levels. Zuni pottery in general went into a decline after 1920 and stayed at a low level for the next 60 years. During that period, the best artists turned to jewelry making, where the money was. Although this has the surface look, clay and paint of earlier pieces, we're guessing 1930 because of its quick manufacture and conventional shape. It could have been made anywhere between 1900 and 1940, but earlier tourist pieces, even the quick-and-dirty ones, were apt to have trickier shapes. They wanted them to look "Indian."


5" diameter x 3-3/4" high-


Condition good, some paint restoration  


S-171   $350