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Unsigned Fabulous Owl Effigy Jar

Maricopa

About The Unsigned Fabulous Owl Effigy Jar

Each of this jar's four sides hosts carefully chosen designs.  Opposite the owl's protruding nose and eyes is a saguaro cactus.

Having rehomed a large collection exceeding 200 Maricopa vessels, this owl is highly complex in its decoration.

Savvy Price $450.00

Gallery Price $525.00

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Description

Each of this jar's four sides hosts carefully chosen designs.  Opposite the owl's protruding nose and eyes is a saguaro cactus.

Having rehomed a large collection exceeding 200 Maricopa vessels, this owl is highly complex in its decoration.

About the Artist

The word "Maricopa" is from mariposa, the Spanish word for butterfly, which references the painted faces of these people, which resembled butterfly wings. Currently the Maricopa Tribe consists of several hundred individuals who still live near Phoenix, Arizona. The Maricopa earn their living by subsistence farming, growing cotton, commuting to various jobs and professions in metropolitan Phoenix and by leasing their land for non-Indian agricultural and commercial developments.

Mary Fernald's book Dirt for Making Things is the definitive book delving into the development of Maricopa pottery. Mary names three periods of Maricopa pottery: Early (1885-1910), Middle Revival (1937-1940) and Later Period (1970-1972).  Currently there are Maricopa potters creating new pottery as well.

Medium Polished and painted pottery, paddle and anvil formed (iron oxide red slip with black mesquite sap paint)
Size 5 1/2" height X 5" diameter (excluding his/ her ears)
Signed No
Date of creation Circa 1945-1955
Condition Good, due to bottom wear (see last photo)
Provenance Ku Lie
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