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Ashiwi Polychrome Water Jar

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Landscape/Colony to Nation, 5th Floor

Stewart Culin, the Brooklyn Museum's first ethnological curator, collected this eighteenth-century example of Zuni pottery in 1903. It was one the twelve pots originally deposited in the Zuni Siathosa shrine, but all were removed and the in the hands of various dealers or collectors when Culin visited the Southwest. It is painted in a style known as Ashiwi Polychrome. The diagonal sweeping of red and black feathers alternating with geometric designs is a forerunner of geometric designs that are used by Zuni potters today.

MEDIUM Pottery, slip
DATES 1700-1750
DIMENSIONS 11 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (28.6 x 33.7 x 33.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo) (Native American). Ashiwi Polychrome Water Jar, 1700-1750. Pottery, slip, 11 1/4 x 13 1/4 x 13 1/4 in. (28.6 x 33.7 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1903, Museum Collection Fund, 03.325.4739. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 03.325.4739_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This water jar was purchased from the trader Vanderwagon in 1903. This is an example of Ashiwi Polychrome, a style that is ancestral to Zuni Polychrome. The upper portion of the vessel is decorated with a diagonal sweep of red and black feathers alternating with geometic designs.
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