height at rim; width at shoulder
10 7/16 in. x 10 5/8 in. (26.5 cm x 27 cm)
Bryn Mawr College
North and Central America, United States, New Mexico
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Ollas
With its beautiful and intricate geometric designs, this olla demonstrates the Acoma Pueblo's typical decorative motifs, which usually include continuous angular and curved designs and occasionally large flowers or birds. The Acoma potters, who traditionally are women, may use decoration on their pottery to reflect important aspects of their culture and environment, including fertility, water, earth, weather, and sky.
This form of water jar initially met the practical needs of the Acoma people with its indented base for carrying on the head, but now is a sought-after Native American collector's item. This vessel represents one of many examples of Pueblo pottery in the North American collection at Bryn Mawr College that are used in introductory anthropology courses.
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