Acoma Black on White Jar, c.1885-1895

Steve Elmore Indian Art

This stunning Acoma black on white water jar dates to the late 19th century. The jar has a deep concaved, red-slipped base. The central four directional design is well-framed by two checkerboard bands. The jar is traditionally pit-fired and has a big presence, measuring 11” height and 11” diameter. There is an old Fred Harvey sticker near the top of the jar that identifies the jar as being from Acoma Pueblo. The jar has minor abrasion on one side, and is in overall excellent, original condition. This jar is a superb example of the more vase-like form from this ceramic period.


This jar was made by the same potter as the Acoma water jar in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's permanent collection. Steve dates the Met's jar earlier, to 1890.


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H 11IN x DIA 11IN

H 27.94CM x DIA 27.94CM


original (excellent, no repair)

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