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Hopi Artist

Jar: Water Bottle, late 19th c
Earthenware and paint
x 6 5/16 in. ( x 16 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1485
Irregularly shaped jar, with a small spout at one end and a curved handle at either side. Black and red seven-pointed design on top and a solid red bottom. This jar has a typically native shape, not influenced by White canteens. Reconstructed.

White clay and slip, and red and black paint

Canteen-shaped vessels, used for storing and transporting water, are not derived from European prototypes; similar vessels are found among Pre-Columbian ceramics. The narrow mouth of the jar was traditionally stopped with a corn cob, preventing evaporation of the liquid (Frank and Harlow, 1974, p. 146). Rosettes are a common motif in Zuni ceramics.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 37, fig. 79.

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