Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Traditional Zia Polychrome Olla by Elizabeth Medina

Polychrome Zia Olla Painted with Zia Bird and Floral Motifs, circa 2012
The Zia Pueblo is perched atop a mesa overlooking the Jemez River and spectacular scenic vistas. This north-central New Mexico tribe consists of only about 850 members. Their pottery production is limited, but prized by collectors and especially notable for very strong adherence to their own traditional cultural and historic identity unencumbered by European influence. The designs painted on the pot pictured above illustrate popular Zia motifs of centuries old popularity. The Zia bird is a representation of the common roadrunner.