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    Posted 9 years ago

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    This vase is one of my favorite and wish I knew more about it. It is Native American made, at first I thought it was from the Catawba tribe, but the subject is simply not what they would have produced. A double handle vase with a chief figure attached as if coming out from the wall. It is original to the vase, not a later addition. Given the dress of the figure it is likely of Plains origin, but which tribe is the big mystery. The chief is in a sqatting position with hands on knees wearing a trailer warbonnet of eagle feathers and decorated with much beading. The vase is created in the pinched method and has many fingerprints of the potter throughout. Fired in an open fire or bonfire. He also wears a bone breastplate, beaded browband and 4 beaded rosettes. The tribe as mentioned above would be one of the Plains, but I am simply not sure which. Is it late 19th or early 20th century? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    Measures 7 3/4"h x 6 1/2" (handle to handle) 3 3/8" base. Top opening is 3".
    Anyone who knows where I might go and ask for further info. would also be much welcomed.
    Thank you.


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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Never known native Amer. pottery in this style but I'm no expert. Shape looks more Mediterranean to me.
    2. kulektor, 9 years ago
      Thank you pickrknows, geo26e, Manikin, tom and blunderbuss2.

      I'm pretty sure it is Native American given the warbonnet, breastplate and the beaded necklace. Plus the obvious open pit or bonfire.
      Won't hurt doing some search on mediteranean figural pottery made in open pit or bonfire. Idid find a piece very similar from Ecuador by the Jamacoaque tribe with the shaman coming from the side of the vessel and also in a squatting position. That piece though dated to 300BC to 400 AD.
    3. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      aztec ? Just a guess
    4. kulektor, 9 years ago
      Thanks Manikin. I will surely try Aztec.. thank you for your input. I do appreciate it very much.

    5. kulektor, 9 years ago
      Thank you, LauraL.
    6. nonforce, 9 years ago
      Nice age on this one Eddie. You might tap lightly to see if there is a high pitch or a low pitch. A low pitch would indicate it was more likely fired under low heat where a high pitch indicates a higher fire temperature and probably kiln or use of a bellows. Spray a small amount of water into the interior and smell. If it has a really earthy smell like being ina crawl space of an old house indicates it had been buried for some time. All I know. Hope it helps. Nice pot!
    7. kulektor, 9 years ago
      Thank you nonforce. I tried both, the ring was higher on the top and got a little less so when tapping the bulbous part. The smell was not the most pleasant, but because of the shape it is difficult to get to the bottom where it has alot of dust from years of sitting around.

    8. kulektor, 9 years ago
      Thank you pickrknows.
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      The, apparently, concave base says non-Indian to me.

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