c. 1880
10.5" x 14"
Ceramics, Earthenware with colored slips
Culture: Zuni Culture
The heartline deer in their protective houses and the relatively simple medallions of this jar are all very typical Zuni design concepts for the early twentieth century period. Featuring a row of birds in a band between the stacked deer elements also is representative for Zuni design of this period. The orange birds without black outlining are the more typical birds seen on jars of this type.

Although the vessel shape is more globular than other jars of this period, It is undeniably Zuni in form, design, materials and character, and is an intriguing and typical example of Zuni artistry. The paste is typically Zuni, gray in color with a chunky texture, the temper being ground pottery shards. The underbody and neck interior are black-slipped, with cream polished slip on the exterior body.

Characteristically, heartline deer jars feature a diamond neck design with extended elements from the two sides of the diamond as shown on this jar. Also, the dagger-like element is almost mandatory on Zuni neck designs.