MARICOPA BLACK ON RED JAR circa 1890
This is a good, larger-than-usual early Maricopa (or possibly Kohatk O'odham) example. At the time they made this, Maricopa potters were experimenting with shapes, probably trying to determine which sold and which didn't. Like many other Maricopa pieces of this period, this has a shape we've never seenon another Southwestern pot. The experimenting was more than artistic curiosity, it was a survival mechanism. Back then, sales were vitally important. A tuberculosis epidemic had hit the Maricopa population hard and a diminishing water supply into the Maricopa's ability to grow food. The women had to step forward and find a way to earn the family living, and pottery sales to tourists was about the only open avenue.
5" diameter x 6-3/4" high
Condition good after small rim chip and surface repair