Cheeda, Zella “Antelope Woman” – Jar with Plant and Rain Designs (1950’s)
This is a classic jar by Zella Cheeda. She was also known as “Antelope Woman” as she signed her pottery with an antelope hallmark. She was from Sichomovi village on First Mesa (between Walpi and Hano). This jar is coil built and painted with bee-weed (black). The rim of the jar is painted black and the designs are around the shoulder. There are plant and rain patterns. The jar was traditionally fired so there are striking blushes on the surface of the piece. The jar is signed on the bottom with her hallmark, an antelope. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is not often that we come across her pottery and exciting to see one of her pieces in such great condition!