Chino, Rose – Large Fineline Long Neck Jar with Heartline Deer (1980s)
This is an impressive large jar by Rose Chino Garcia. She was a daughter of noted potter Marie Z. Chino. This piece has a round body and an elongated neck. This is a form that Rose made famous in her ottery. It is coil-built, thin-walled, and painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay. There are interlocking stars encircling the entire jar. They are smaller at the neck and larger at the base. There is a swirl of heartline deer spiraling from the neck to the base. Again, the deer start small and get larger across the body of the jar. There are 13 deer painted on the jar. The deer are painted in her classic style and highlighted with a red heartline. This heartline deer imagery is a classic to both Acoma and Zuni pottery, with the heartline signifying the center, spirit or, “heart” of the animal. This large jar is very thin-walled and it was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom, “Rose Chino”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Note on the bottom the code tag, this is a later tag from Dick Howard, who was a well-known dealer in Santa Fe.