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WOW! This is an extraordinary large water jar by Lolita Concho. She is considered one of the Acoma revivalists in the 1960s-70s along with Marie Z. Chino, Lucy Lewis, and Jessie Garcia. This piece is from the early 1970s when she was among the first at Acoma to begin a revival of four and five-color jars. This amazing piece is coil-built, thin-walled, and tightly painted. There are four large three-color rainbows on the jar. Belo the rainbows are clouds and a large butterfly. Below each butterfly is a cactus and two larger plants. The designs and colors are stunning in person and perfectly match the shape of the jar. It is a striking and complicated piece and definitely an important representation of her pottery form and tightly painted designs. The jar was traditionally fired so there are very subtle color variations on the surface. It is signed on the bottom, “L. Concho”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Interestingly, both Rick Dillingham and Richard Spivey credit themselves as encouraging the Acoma potters (especially Lolita Concho) to begin bringing back more colors to Acoma pottery. I’m sure they were more than surprised when the potters created pieces like this water jar!