This is an exceptional water jar by Marie Z. Chino. Marie is famous as one of the revivalists at Acoma Pueblo, along with Lucy M. Lewis, Jessie Garcia, and a few others. This jar is thin-walled with a sharp shoulder and short neck. It is a classic shape for Acoma water jars. The piece is very intricately painted. The circular medallions have a plant design. Above them are cloud and rain patterns. The rain is painted with thin lines. Separating them are the sun design, filled in with hachure lines. There are additional plant and rain designs across the surfaces. Marie was famous for her linear work and this jar reveals the precision and complexity of her painting. The jar was traditionally fired so there are some very slight color variations to the white. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There are a few small areas of spalling, which are not unexpected. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Made by Marie Z. Chino”. It is a classic jar where shape, history, and design are in perfect balance!
Marie Zieu Chino is one of the great matriarchs of Acoma pueblo. Her children and grandchildren are numerous and include potters Grace Chino, Rose Chino, Tena Garcia, Carol Chino, and others. Her pottery forms are amazingly uniform and renowned for being a perfect blend of form and design. Marie Z. Chino’s pottery can be found in the book “14 Families in Pueblo Pottery,” along with numerous other publications.