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ZUNI WHITE ON RED JAR circa 1900


This tells a lot of history. It reminds you that fashions change in pottery, and wares have come in style and gone out again for a thousand years. This one only goes back seven hundred. In the 14th and 15th centuries, Zuni potters made a lot of white on red pieces and sometimes, as on this piece, added a little black. Then around 1600, they stopped making them and for the next 300 years, white backgrounds and, for a brief period yellow backgounds became standard. Then, out of the blue, white on red reappeared around 1890, made with the same clays and paints as the old pieces. The genre became stylish for a few years, then disappeared as fast as it came, around 1905. Nothing is forever, but nothing disappears forever.


6" diameter x 4-1/4" high


Very good condition for its age. A few scratches, no serious wear. Old price label fragment on base.  


S-983   $395