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“The Leaning Pitcher”: Painterly and Modernist Kewa Pitcher with All-Over Slip, Mountain and Leaves, c. 1900

One of the masterpieces of Teal McKibben’s pitchers collection, this early example slowly reveals its many pleasures. It is slipped all over, including the base and bottom as seen in the photos. The mid-body is wide and pleasing. The mountain is a simple line drawing allowing the white light to dominate the design. Alternating red and black leaves, sometimes disconnected and floating, cover the mountain, lending the whole pitcher an exceedingly modern look. More traditional black triangles encircle the neck. Such non-traditional pottery design flourishes were not so common at conservative Santo Domingo pueblo in the first quarter of the 20th century. This potter was an artist at heart.

Condition: Excellent and unrestored.

Provenance: The Collection of Teal McKibben.

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