Acoma (McCartys) Polychrome with Berries and Checkerboards, c. 1880’s

This water jar is fascinating in many respects. It is classic McCartys in some respects with chained checkerboard diamonds in the neck and panels of berries framed in a negative leaf in around the mid-body. Two interesting elements: First, the artist had to fill in a small diamond with cross hatching in the neck. Second, just under the rim, there are connecting zig zag lines, possibly a failed initial design, ultimately painted over. The surface bears evidence of many years of service to the pueblo family. A wonderful example.

Condition excellent and unrestored with ethnographic wear
Provenance many generations in a New Mexico family

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8" tall x 10" diameter