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1960

  • Work on this object began.

1965

  • Work on this object ended.

1982

  • We acquired this object.

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Jar (USA)

This is a Jar. It was ceramist: Desideria Montoya Sanchez. It is dated 1960–65 and we acquired it in 1982. Its medium is earthenware. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.


Desideria Montoya Sanchez came from a family of potters who reinterpreted the centuries-old P'ohwhóge Owingeh blackware coiling and firing technique to create black-on-black ware ceramics. Montoya Sanchez painted this jar with textured slip paints before firing in an oxygen-depleted kiln to create the burnished black surface and subtle pattern of feathers, a symbol important to many Native American cultures.

It is credited Gift by transfer from U.S.I.A. Office of Exhibitions Abroad via Renwick Gallery.

  • Kantharos (Italy)
  • glossy black and dark gray biscuit control-fired earthenware.
  • Gift of Ruth Vollmer.
  • 1971-48-13

Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 16.5 x 16.5 cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.)

It has the following markings

Signed in script, underside: Desideria

Cite this object as

Jar (USA); Ceramist: Desideria Montoya Sanchez (American, 1889–1982); earthenware; H x diam.: 16.5 x 16.5 cm (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 in.); Gift by transfer from U.S.I.A. Office of Exhibitions Abroad via Renwick Gallery; 1982-38-4

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