Santo Domingo Melon Jar, signed Monica Silva (1900-?), C. 1930
We usually associate polished black melon jars with Santa Clara Pueblo. However, we get a strong clue on this wonderful jars base, which says: Santo Domingo Monica Silva. Monica was already an accomplished Santa Clara pueblo potter when she met a Santo Domingo man and become adept to both styles. My guess is this Santa Clara like jar was made soon after she left Santa Clara.
Size: 8.5” tall by 9.5” wide
Condition: A few minor scuffs