...and do I have this Zuni ID correct?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by Potteryplease, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Following up on trying to ID two small Pueblo pots I recently posted, here’s a third piece purchased with them. I think I identified this one as Zuni, after finding a really close image in Ruth Bunzel’s 1929 (republished by Dover) book “The Pueblo Potter.” She calls the design a Snow Blanket.

    I can’t ID the signature on the pot, and don’t know when Zuni potters started signing pots, but if anyone can help confirm that it is Zuni, and perhaps a date estimate, that’d be great! Thanks and thanks again. E515D06B-7027-4AE4-A8D5-A235776DEBB2.jpeg ABE8FDC8-7336-424C-881B-7EF66827D842.jpeg D770490D-E733-4DD2-8661-11FA114E3F1A.jpeg C363B1FF-9112-4AFC-9AD2-ECAF75D589EC.jpeg 5A325288-BCD0-4EBA-9192-3F4336C24E98.jpeg
  2. Taupou

    Taupou Well-Known Member

    It does look like Zuni, but Zuni potters don't incise their signatures. Plus it looks like it's "signed" with initials and "Tigua," so I'd be very suspicious of the authenticity. Possibly a Tigua Pueblo repro of a Zuni design from Ysleta del Sur in Texas, or someone tampered with and forged a "signature" on a Zuni pot. But I'm not aware that the Tigua incise signatures, either, so I'd suspect the latter.
  3. Potteryplease

    Potteryplease Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the info and expertise. It is indeed a complicated mixup. But it’s also fun to imagine the long strange trip an individual object like this one has gone on—a complicated journey, but, alas, also a mute one.
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