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10 1/4 x 12 5/8 x 12 5/8 in. (26 x 32.1 x 32.1 cm)

Unknown, Zuni Pueblo
Native American

Object Type: Ceramics
Medium and Support: Clay and mineral paints
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. George B. Penny
Accession Number: 1935.10
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Characteristic features of Zuni pottery are: areas of parallel lines (hatching), stylized birds, and a large rosette. The line break, which is the space left by the incomplete circular painted border that separates the upper and lower sections of the jar, is called by the Zuni onane, or “road.” It is thought to represent the life of the pottery painter herself, and must be left unfinished. It may also refer to the sipapu, or mythic place of emergence from the underworld. Traditionally it is the first painted line applied to the vessel.

[Gallery label text, 1998]

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