ACOMA POLYCHROME OLLA circa 1915
This impressive piece goes back to the time when potters still made big jars the way they did in the old days. Once the railroad station came to Laguna in the 1880s, just across the tracks from Acoma, potters realized that big,beautiful pieces like this one didn't fit in tourists' suitcases. So they strted making fancy little dishes, jars and pitchers for the tourists instead. Sometimes they made smaller versions of the big jars, but they made fewer and fewer ollas this size and larger for the remainder of the 20th century. This was sold to us with the suggested date, and everything about it suggests century-old manufacture. The color variations that occur from uneven firing are typical of the period and shouldn't be considered flaws. They're the result of wind and fuel placement during the firing. In those days, potters didn't fire in climate-controlled kilns. It's on page 53 of our revised Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
There are things about the design that make us think that this could possibly be of Laguna origin, but the odds are heavily weighted toward Acoma.
10-3/5" diameter x 8-1/2" high
Condition excellent considering its age, unrestored