This Mesa Verde Black on white ceramic storage jar or olla was most likely made to store water. It is has a neck that is slightly flaring and painted with black rim ticks. Around the neck are designs believed to be representative of turkey tracks. The body of the jar is painted only on the upper half with hatchures and steps and thick/thin framing lines bordering the top and bottom of the decorated area. The jar appears to have been mended at its time of use, as there are holes drilled and a yucca strand holding the object together. Handles have been placed on either side of the jar. The jar has been slipped and polished. The paint appears to be mineral.
This jar was part of a collection made by A. Wetherill and others during the winter of 1888-1889. The State Historical Society of Colorado purchased it in 1889.
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