Superb Picuris Pueblo Black Micaceous Olla with Golden Highlights, c. 1900


It's been years since I've seen a large and fine historic olla from Picuris; most are quite small. This one is a gem! It is beautifully formed with a flaring pie crust rim. Mica flecks gleam when the jar is lit and fire-clouds abound. The surface is intentionally roughened and there are unusual comb-like elements, very subtle. The well used surface seems to change from black to gold before our eyes. Most fine collections of pueblo pottery are missing a significant Micaceous utilitarian jar. Few are better than this.

Condition excellent with ethnographic wear including a minor and old rim chip
Provenance ex-collection Michael Hering formerly of School of American Research


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9" tall by 10" diameter