ZIA POLYCHROME BOWL circa 1940
This wonderful little bowl with the flower-sniffing roadrunner has a unique feature in that the potter reversed the usual early tradition of polishing a slipped band below the decorated area. Instead, she left an unpolished, unslipped band, both on the outside and on the inside below the rim. There's a pencil inscription on the bottom that reads "Rachel N. Pino." Pino is a ubiquitous Zia pottery name and the whimsical design looks like it's from the family. It's tempting to attribute this to Rachel and let it go at that, but unfortunately, Rachel's name doesn't appear in any of the exhaustive genealogies or references on Zia pottery: Schaaf's Southern Pueblo Pottery, Dillingham's Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery or Harlow & Lanmon's The Pottery of Zia Pueblo. We're afraid that Rachel's only connection with this pot might be that she took it to a neighbor's and wrote her name on it so she'd get it back.
5-1/2" diameter x 4-1/2" high
Condition good, no restoration or repair