Carved Polychrome Bowl 6"Diameter x 3"High by Dominguita Sisneros (Naranjo) - Ohkay Owinge Pueblo (San Juan)

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Ohkay Owinge Pueblo (San Juan)has a long history of pottery production going back probably a thousand years, but by 1890 production had come to a complete halt. Perhaps it was the pueblo's close location to Espanola, NM (about 6 miles) and the availability there of commercial goods that made pottery production unnecessary.

In 1930, Regina Cate, organized a pottery study group with the intent of reviving pottery production; eight potters studied ancient potsherds of wares made at their pueblo in earlier times and selected Potsuwi'i Incised Ware (1450-1500) as a basis for a contemporary pottery type.

Decorative zones of geometric fine lines with selected areas of polished red slip were the final result. This tall jar is a fine example of contemporary Ohkay Owingeh Incised Ware. Micaceous slip decorates the incisions. Dominguita Sisneros Naranjo learned from her mother, Tomasita Montoya, who was one of the original eight potters.