Cheeda, Zella “Antelope Woman” – Large Jar with Birds (1950’s)
This is one of the largest pieces we have seen 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 large jar is coil built and surprisingly lightweight. The jar has two large birds painted, one on each side. They are separated by raincloud designs. Around the neck are rain and lightning designs. 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. There is some wear on the surface and a bit of fugitive black, but not unexpected for its age. It is not often that we come across her pottery and exciting to see one of her pieces this size and design!