Zuni woman carrying a pottery vessel

Zuni woman carrying a pottery vessel
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 31cm


Portrait of a Zuni woman, standing, carrying a large decorated pottery vessel on her head. According to James Stevenson's original note for this photograph (prepared circa 1885), the photograph depicts 'a Zuni squaw, holding a water-vase on the top of the head, just as they appear while carrying water from the well to the house. This is a fair specimen of the Zuni woman as she appears in her daily tasks. The bulky, clumsy leggings form part of the moccasins. A long buck-skin strip about four inches wide which is attached to the moccasin is wrapped around the leg nearly to the knee, each layer slightly over-lapping the other, the end being tightly inserted beneath the last layer of buckskin to hold it in place. The gown is woven from native yarn dyed black or dark blue with a vegetable dye. The garment is first made as a blanket, nearly square; the ends are then sewed together, one side being left open. This open end forms the bottom of the dress, while apertures are made in the other for the head and arms. One shoulder is left partly exposed while the other is beneath the dress.'

Due to the nature of these images, prints will reproduce any signs of age, wear or damage that occurred before they were archived by the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Image Details

Accession Number
United States of America
New Mexico
Cultural Group
SW Pueblo Zuni
John (Johannes) Karl Hillers
Circa 1879

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