North and Central America, United States, New Mexico
Containers and Vessels; Vessels; Ollas
Pueblo, Acoma, Native American
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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- Refers to the culture and style of the Acoma, a Native American people living in western New Mexico.
- Pottery technique in which the piece is built up from ropelike coils of clay, without the use of a potter's wheel.
- Typically reserved to refer narrowly to the cultures of the native peoples of the United States and Canada, excluding the Eskimos and Aleuts. For the indigenous peoples of Canada use the term "First Nations." For the broader concept of the cultures of any native peoples of Central America, South America, North America, or the West Indies who are considered to belong to the Mongoloid division of the human species, use "Amerindian (culture)."
- Large, bulbous, usually wide-mouthed earthenware or woven vessels used for holding water or food or for cooking; may have handles.