Zia Polychrome Olla, attributed to Isabel Medina (Toribio), c. 1910

Figure 5. Isabel Medina was a master potter from Zia Pueblo, one of the preeminent pueblo potters of the early 20th century. Her great work, created for the art market are very dear and rare. This early example with gorgeous pueblo home use has her characteristic crisply painted designs wide, generous bands richly almost expressionistically painted; and the birds spaciously housed and framed, in this case with bisected and curved triangular fields. That latter trait would extend to her masterworks of the 1920's, but that was 10-20 years in the future. That and the lovely ladle wear at the rim and all over patina make this a very special jar.

Condition: excellent, unrestored with ethnographic wear

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