ZUNI POLYCHROME FROG DISH circa 1940
For more than a century, Zuni potters have appliqued frog figures to jars, bowls and dishes. Along with tadpoles and dragonflies, frogs remain a favorite water symbol. This was made for tourists, probably before World War II or perhaps shortly after, but it was made the same way the Zunis would have made a ceremonial piece. Unlike other Pueblos, the Zunis have a relaxed attitude about ceremonial pottery, believing that once a pot has been used in a ceremony, its magical function is complete and it's perfectly acceptable to sell it to another Zuni, a dealer or a tourist. Fortunately, this dish escaped being used as an ashtray, which is what tourists usually bought these for. We put this on page 191 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
5-1/2" long x 3-1/4" wide x 3/4" high