Aug 18, 2005

Water Jar (Olla)

Water Jar (Olla)



Overall: 25.5 x 33 cm (10 1/16 x 13 in.)

Gift of Amelia Elizabeth White 1937.898



The Zuni carried water in jars like this one balanced atop the head. The water well was a gathering place and the vessels’ public visibility explains their elaborate decoration-here, a beautifully rendered rain bird whose beak spirals between two stylized wings. The wings’ stepped shape and hachure represent rain-filled clouds.

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Art of the Americas
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