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$ 5,800

Zuni Jar with Butterflies and Frogs

Origin United States, New Mexico
Period 19th Century
Materials local clay and slip
H. 6 in; Diam. 9 in;
H. 15.24 cm; Diam. 22.86 cm;
Condition Excellent. One frog's head has been re-attached to the pot. It is the original piece.
Description Zuni polychrome pottery jar with butterfly images and raised frogs. Based on documented collections, it is likely that this style of jar appeared at Zuni circa 1890-1900. You can see that the sculpted frogs alternate with painted polychrome butterflies. The frog's backs have an unfired shiny green pigment and one frog's head has been broken off and then reattached. These features lead many to believe that a jar like this was used ceremonially. However, this has not been proven* (*See Lanmon and Harlow, reference below).
Styles / Movements American Indian
Book References The Pottery of Zuni Pueblo by Dwight P Lanmon and Francis H Harlow (Museum of New Mexico Press, Santa Fe; 2008), p 362
Dealer Reference Number mc1938
Incollect Reference Number 115673
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