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Culture:Native American; Isleta Pueblo
Title:Bowl with Handle
Date Made:1900-1920
Materials:slipped and polychrome decorated clay
Place Made:United States; New Mexico; Isleta Pueblo
Measurements:2 3/4 x 4 1/16 in. diameter rim; 6.985 x 10.3188 cm
Accession Number:  SC 1984.35.33
Credit Line:Transfer from Smith College Science Center
Museum Collection:  Smith College Museum of Art

This ceramic bowl with a handle resembles a basket and represents a newer version of Isleta pottery. Painted white with black and red interior triangles, as well as striped black exterior spirals, the vessel features a red handle that is made from two twisted pieces of clay. A black line is present across the rim. AP2018

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While style and slip of the vessel is indicative of Isleta Pueblo, the hatched coil pattern on the exterior is a Zuni pattern. (p. 37. Mera, H.P. 1970. "Pueblo Designs: 176 Illustrations of the Rain Bird". New York: Dover Publications, Inc.) "Designs have traveled from pueblo to pueblo in waves. The Zuni Rainbird motif, a stylized bird consisting of a combination of a scroll and pendant elements described by H. P. Mera in "The Rain Bird: A Study in Pueblo Designs", was adopted by most of the pueblos as early as the first part of the 1800's and altered to suit individual tastes and styles," (p. 50-51. Whiteford, A., Peckham, S. , Dillingham, R., Fox, N., & Kent, Kate Peck. 1989. "I Am Here: Two Thousand Years of Southwest Indian Arts and Cultures". Santa Fe: Museum of New Mexico Press.)


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