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Early Santa Ana polychrome bowl

Early Santa Ana polychrome bowl


A rare piece, this is an older bowl from Santa Ana Pueblo. Of course, hand-coiled and painted, made in the early 20th century with the sand temper typical of Santa Ana. I believe this piece was made before the 1940s pottery revivals, I think this piece is circa 1920s or so. The pot is decorated with 10 painted flowers, each with multiple painted black dots as the center, finished with the petals enclosed in a painted circle. The pot was painted overall with, what is now, a nice gray, the flowers are an orange/gold, with black outlines. There are lovely fire clouds overall. The pot is in good, old condition with original firing cracks, small areas of surface pops, some loss of small bits of the polished surface and overall wear. Note that there are two cracks that run downward from the rim. That these are not due to any impact, but are cracks from the original creation process. There are remnants of an old tag or tape on the underside. It measures 3 1/4″ tall x 4 3/8″ wide and about 4″ across the rim. A gorgeous little historic piece!


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