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ZUNI POLYCHROME OWL FIGURINE circa 1930


This is a fine old bird with gesture so extravagant that all the other Zuni owls should stop what they're doing and pay attention. Zuni potters still make owls that look much like this. In the mid-20th century, Nellie Bica made a career out of them. However, the tradition goes way back. There's an owl with a character much like this (if not with the gesture) that shows up in Stevenson's 1879 Bureau of Ethnology Report. This appears on page 191 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni  and on page 33 of our Pottery of the Southwest.


7" wide x 5-1/2" deep x 5-1/4" high


Condition very good for an octogenarian bird  


S-363   $900