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JAR (Water)

ca. 1860-1870
  • Jar
  • Design


This conical water jar or bottle has a line of unidentified birds just below the rim beneath which are bands of red diamonds and black arcs, which may be cloud symbols. The split diamond, dot, and arc motifs in the middle of the jar may represent clouds and rain, and the bottom encircling band of designs probably represent pipes that appear to be more Plains-like, because they are red, than Pueblo. The red pigment in this motif suggests that the pipe bowls are made from catlinite (a red clay), but catlinite is rarely used for pipes in the Southwest. Therefore, the use of red pipe motifs may indicate trade with Plains tribes.

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