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“The Leaning Pitcher”: Isleta Polychrome Cup with Encircling Diamonds, c. 1910

For some reason, cups were plentifully made at Isleta Pueblo south of Albuquerque in the first quarter of the 20th century. They were likely made by only a few potters and families since there are similarities in form and design among many of them. In this example, the main design is bisected diamonds. There are framing lines, an interior red band, encircling rain-drops at top of the underbody and a typically decorated handle beautifully painted against a creamy white slip. The subtle artistic decision to leave the underbody solid, undecorated white just below the rain-drops makes the cup feel uncrowded and spacious. The cup is thin and well crafted.

Condition is excellent, unrestored.