United States: New Mexico
Materials: Ceramic & slip
This jar has been attributed to the Acoma pueblo of New Mexico. Acoma means “People of the White Rock,” a name that likely originated from their ancestral home, Sky City, located on top of a mesa. Pottery from the Acoma pueblo is known for its very thin walls, fluted rims, and beautifully painted geometric designs. Some of the better known designs used on Acoma pottery are based on ancestral pottery from Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. The designs are painted onto the vessels by hand prior to firing using a slip of natural minerals and vegetal paints. The following video shows an Acoma artist decorating one of her unfired pots.
This jar was donated to the museum by artist and illustrator Margaret LeFranc Schoonover (aka. Marguerite Frankel). Ms. LeFranc Schoonover was a friend and contemporary of many artists and scholars, largely based out of New Mexico, including Georgia O’Keefe, Alice Marriott, and Maria Marinez. It was through her connection with Alice Marriott, the first female graduate of the University of Oklahoma anthropology department and later associate professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, that Ms. LeFranc Schoonover came to donate this jar and a number of other pieces to the Sam Noble Museum. [Kathryn S. (Barr) McCloud]