KEWA POLYCHROME BOWL circa 1940
The vast mjority of these pre-World War II bowls have undecorated interiors, so the geometric figures inside this one make it unusual. At Kewa, these were made to be used, and since the bottom of the bowl was apt to be covered with chile or cornmeal, why decorate it? More often than not, these have a name written on the underside, but they aren't signatures, they're the owners' names. When she took it to a community dinner, she wanted it back. Sometimes those names are in nail polish, sometimes in ink, and every so often, they're scratched in. The history of this particular piece includes a neat rectangular dug-out patch on the underbody that removes a previous owner's name. You can see this on page 39 of our 2012 Pottery of the Southwest.
8-1/4" diameter x 3-1/2" high
Condition very good, unrestored
What used to be an owner's name