Jemez pot with poster pain decoration, unsigned and probably unfired. Like 1971-05, this represents an attempt by a pueblo that had lost its pottery tradition to make inexpensive pots that would appeal to an Anglo sense of what “real Indian” pots should look like. As Allan Hayes and John Bloom write (1996:80), these “poster paint pieces are garish and banged out in a hurry, but manage to have a jaunty charm. It’s hard to hate them, and, at their best, …they bring a smile.” My sentiments, exactly.

Purchase History:
Mike Starkey found this pot in a Houston thrift shop and on 7/1/99 he gave it to me as a gift.