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Canteen Acoma Native American Polchrome Bird Design - $1,450 (Taos)

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Canteen : Native American Polchrome Bird Design
Checked and confirmed by an expert for age and value
This was an actual used canteen, not made as a tourist piece.
ca. Late 1800's, Zia , AZ, NM. Unknown artist.
Measures ; 10" tall x 9" wide x 5" deep
Purchased 1930's by Grandfather in Santa Fe NM
I have several pieces he purchased in his lifetime.

Acoma Canteen
7.5" high; 8" diameter
$1450




Hundreds of years ago, when the Ancestral Puebloans (Anasazi) were the primary occupants of the Southwest, the climate was pretty much as it is today. Cool nights and warm days during the late spring through early fall made travel for hunting or moving between the fields and their homes a challenge.

The Puebloans were known for growing crops like beans and corn, and long days in the fields required water. Not many streams or rivers are close enough to quench a worker’s thirst.

These people were expert potters and made canteens of clay to carry water. Amazingly, even though these pieces of pottery had limited lifespans, the artists spent a great deal of time decorating them with intricate designs.

As the Southwest was settled, metal canteens became popular trade items. They were durable, lasting for decades, and did not require the careful handling of the clay water carriers.

Today, many Pueblo artists create canteens as art pieces. Most Pueblos have at least a few artists known for this work.

Artists such as Barbara Gonzales, Maria Martinez’s great-granddaughter, create beautiful canteens with contemporary designs.
Feel free to call / no texts I have a landline

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