Aragon, Florence – Large Water Jar with Parrots & Deer (1980s)
Florence Aragon was one of the great traditional Acoma potters. This water jar is indicative of the influence of her pottery and the continuation of traditional designs and forms. The jar is the traditional water jar or “olla”. The high shoulder and sloping short neck are part of this form. The top and bottom bands of design have the rain and lightning patterns. The central band combines a variety of classic Acoma imagery. The parrot, which is painted in red clay. The flower pattern with alternating fineline and white squares and also the heartline deer. The deer is painted with the symbolic heartline representing the center of the animal and its spirit. The bottom of the jar is indented in the traditional manner when the pots were made to be worn on the head to carry water! The jar is signed on the bottom, “F. Aragon”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.