Picuris Micaceous Bean Jar with Handles, 1900-1930


In New Mexico, it's said that beans cooked in micaceous pottery are the best. This rare and finely formed old jar has cooked its share. I rarely see these. The evidence from dripping hot water and soot from the fire has made this jar as much black as golden. You can almost smell the beans cooking! The handles are intact and original. I have a sense that this is an old jar, but we can be fooled by the heavy use. Thus, my wide attribution of age though I lean towards 1900. All heart and warmth, this is a very fine example.

Condition Fine with soot, food drippings and an old
minor rim chip
Provenance a Santa Fe family


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6" tall by 7 1/2" wide at the handles