ACOMA BLACK ON WHITE FINELINE JAR circa 1955
Acoma potters have always been proud of their ability to do meticulous fineline work, but until World War II, they almost always did it as part of a traditional design. Then, encouraged by Kenneth Chapman of the School of American Research, Lucy Lewis, Marie Chino and others began doing stark geometric designs. The lack of a potter's name in the signature suggests an early date for this, especially if it's by Lucy or Marie. This piece had minor spalling, typical of the period, which has been touched up. For a discussion of spalling on mid-century Acoma pottery, see the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, Hayes & Blom, page 56.
8" diameter x 5-3/4" high
Condition excellent after spalling touchup