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Rafaelita Aguilar Black on Black Olla


Item Number: DR 2011
Pueblo: Santo Domingo Kewa Pueblo
Artist: Rafaelita Aguilar
Medium: Clay and pigment
Age: Circa 1970s
Dimensions: 12 1/2″ X 15″



This is a beautiful large black-on-black olla and is very symmetrical with a beautiful design and excellent polish. The black color is actually a bit toward chocolate brown. The bowl features a high gloss stone polish and has been traditionally fired in a pit with manure using natural pigments. The design is the traditional geometric figures frequently used by Santo Domingo potters. This olla has the double line above and below the design field which is in the center of the bowl. The elements used to hand make these wonderful pieces are all provided to them from Mother Earth. The clay is gathered from within the Santo Domingo Pueblo. Then, the clay is soaked, cleaned, mixed, hand coiled, shaped, sanded, painted, and fired outdoors, with straw, bark, and manure. Although this piece is considered a “mid to large size” vessel, it is quite large. It is interesting to note that Rafaelita Aguilar signs her pots with her name and her post office box on the bottom of the bowl.

Condition: Excellent – original condition
Provenance: Acquired from a private collector in Arizona whose mother owned this piece. She purchased it from the artist.

Additional information

Weight 240 oz