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Catalog Number 223
Object Name Pitcher
Description bird motifs; polychrome; white slipped; decorated with yellow and red birds; hairline crack in area of handle; possibly collected by Cushing and Hemenway during their South-West Archaeological Expedition in 1886-1888; according to "Notes on Identification of Specimens and Collections of the Dept. of Anthropology" by E.B. Renaud, specimens came from Zuni, in 1881

-Birds are powerful symbols: To an Acoma, they may symbolize heights and depths, clouds, ancestors, death, and the sun. The color red is connected wtih the south, the sun, summer, and fertility.
-Even today, potters speak of ceramics as having their own spirits and lives.
-Bird symbolism was used in Pueblo design for centuries in various forms. Because of their brightly colored feathers, macaws and parots are associated with rainbows and rain.
(*See Melanie Irvine's M.A. paper: "Powerful Objects: A Study of Multiple Meanings in the collection of DUMA" for more information)
Date c. 1890
Culture Acoma Pueblo
Place of Origin USA; NM; Cibola?; Pueblo of Acoma
Dimensions H-20 Dia-19.7 cm