Peynetsa, Anderson – Large Jar with 24 Deer
This is a large olla by Anderson Peynetsa. The jar is a beautiful shape with a high shoulder and a short neck. The high shoulder allows all the deer to be seen as part of the design. The body of the jar is slipped with white clay and then painted with three rows of heartline deer. There are a total of 24 deer encircling the jar! Each deer is very tightly painted and they are stylized with thin legs. The heartline deer is a classic image in Zuni pottery, with the heart representing the strength and spirit of the animal. The base and rim of the jar are slipped with a black clay. It is a simple and yet striking vessel. Anderson has signed the bowl on the bottom. The last photo is one of Avelia Peynetsa (Anderson’s wife) holding the jar in the gallery, which gives a good sense of the scale of the piece!