of globular form, with a tall flaring neck, painted in red and black against a white slip, with a frieze of stylized creatures, possibly hummingbirds, feasting on flowers, surmounted by classic geometric motifs; possibly the work of Martina and Florentino Montoya.
Acquired in 1995 from Gary Spratt who in written correspondence attributes the jar to Maria and Julian Martinez.
For a discussion of San Ildefonso storage jars, please see Francis H. Harlow, 1990, p. 72: "Until about 1850 pottery made by Pueblo Indians was mostly for their own usage. Food bowls, water jars, storage jars and ceremonial vessels were the most common forms, with various special items like canteens, wedding jars, and ladles also made. Of all these various forms, perhaps the huge storage jar is the most impressive. Large storage jars first were made at San Ildefonso shortly after 1700. By a century later that village and the neighboring Tesuque Pueblo had mastered the art of this difficult form, and were making some of the most impressive vessels ever constructed in the Southwest."
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