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Diné (Navajo) Artist



Cooking Pot, late 19th c
Earthenware and pitch
6 1/2 x 5 x 4 in. (16.51 x 12.7 x 10.16 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Arizona
Technique: Hand-forming
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Jonathan Tibbet
Accession Number: P1419
Cylindrical cooking pot with a flat base. Small loop handle attached on one side. Covered with a coat of black piñon pitch to seal it.

Commentary
The most frequently encountered form of Navajo pottery is a long, slender cooking pot, which turns sooty black with use. The vessel doubles as a drum when hide stretched over is mouth. As in the case of basketry, pottery production was limited, due to the religious restrictions placed upon the craftswoman. THe pottery style of the navajo derive from their central Canadian Athabascan ancestors (Conn, 1979, p. 219).
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Marks
This pot is phyically numbered as P1418, but that is incorrect. The correct number is P1419. It needs to be corrected on the pot.

"B 793 / 193" written large in pink graphite on the exterior.

A paper label typed in all caps is inside the pot. It reads: "82. Pot Navajo, Arizona, late / 19th century / Brown clay, pinon pitch / Gift of Jonathan Tibbet, 1929 / The most frequently encountered / form of Navajo pottery is a long, / slender cooking pot, which turns / sooty black with use. The vessel / doubles a a drum when hide is / stretched over its mouth."

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 38 (illustrated/bw) fig. 82.

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