APACHE STORAGE JAR
Late 19th Century
Height: 23 ¼ in (59 cm)
Willow, devil's claw
Very good condition for an object of this type and age. Some scattered minor losses and breaks especially around the outermost bulge of the shoulder. Underside of foot is worn.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
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George Terasaki, New York, probably acquired in the 1960s
This large, elegantly shaped coil-weave Apache storage jar, or olla, exhibits geometric shapes and angular life forms typical of basketry of the Southwest. While similar patterns appear throughout the surface of this piece, each horizontal motif is unique. A sequence of angular figures line the rim of the jar as well as the circumference towards the top of the jar wall, while abstract designs constitute the rest of the patterning. Many of these designs are outlined. This stylistic detail, in addition to the attention given to balance and harmony between motifs and negative space, contribute to the light, vibrant and dynamic nature of the decoration. Both alternating and repetitive symmetry evoke a bold and truly captivating rhythm. Hidden on the underside of the olla, a sun-like motif radiates outwards, a symbol that contributes to the notion of repetition and cyclical patterns.