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ZUNI POLYCHROME FROG JAR circa 1920


Somewhere late in the 19th century, the Zunis began applying little frogs almost exactly like these on everything from large ceremonial jars to little tourist pieces. This is from the first quarter of the 20th century, unashamedly made for the tourists who bought at the gallup railroad station. Pleasing little pieces like this were quick to make and both inexpensive and a convenient size for tourist souvenirs. This is intact and unrestored, which is remarkable in itself. The protruding frog heads often didn't survive the bumps and bruises little tourist pots were apt to receive over the years, and these lasted for nearly a century.


4-1/8" diameter excluding frogs x 3-3/4" high


Condition excellent with patina appropriate to its age  


S-506   $345