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olla (jar)
  • Nampeyo of Hano
    1859–1942, active 1880–1940
    born: Hano, Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States ; died: Hano, Arizona, United States
  • olla (jar), circa 1890
  • Where object was made: Arizona Territory (present-day Arizona), United States
  • ceramic, paint, slip
  • Object Height/Diameter: 32 x 34.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 5/8 x 13 9/16 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7459

Jar with a wide shoulder and short neck. There is a light yellow field with orange firing clouds throughout. Slip is identified as "Polacca" slip. On the body of the jar there are four large red birds in profile, with long, horizontal tail feathers and rounded bodies. Each bird is extending its beak toward a red flower with long black stems and leaves. There are two red bands that circle the body of the jar, going under two of the birds and over the other two, a design motif identified as a "rainbow band." The neck of the jar has a wide band of designs with four alternating sections. There are two sections of stylized tail feathers and two geometric, octagonal shapes filled with pointed shapes and vertical bands. The bottom of the jar and the inside of the neck are painted red.