100 Years – 100 Objects: Zuni Pottery

November 6, 2009

The Houston Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1909 – meaning that the curators of the Houston Museum of Natural Science have been collecting and preserving natural and cultural treasures for a hundred years now. For this yearlong series, our current curators have chosen one hundred exceptional objects from the Museum’s immense storehouse of specimens and artifacts—one for each year of our history. Check back here frequently to learn more about this diverse selection of behind-the-scenes curiosities—we will post the image and description of a new object every few days.

This description is from Dirk, the museum’s curator of anthropology. He’s chosen a selection of objects that represent human cultures throughout time and around the world, that we’ll be sharing here – and at 100.hmns.org – throughout the year.

Zuni pottery made by A. Peynetsa

Zuni pottery made by A. Peynetsa - resizedThis Zuni pot is a playful example of the same notion elaborated on in the discussion of Element III made by Tammy Garcia. American Indian pottery makers are among the world’s most accomplished artists. This pot also shows that they are not only masters of the medium; they are also capable of expressing their motives in a tongue in cheek fashion.

Explore thousands of years of Native American history in the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas, a permanent exhibition at the Houston Museum of Natural Science.

You can see more images of this fascinating artifact – as well as the others we’ve posted so far this year – in the 100 Objects section at 100.hmns.org

Authored By Steven Cowan

Steven never dreamed his first job out of college would be in public relations, and on top of that working for one of the top museums in the country. After all, he majored in History at Vassar College. Within three months of graduation, he landed a spot in the PR department and has not looked back since. He is fast becoming a communications fanatic, spending a tremendous amount of his time promoting the museum and all it has to offer.

2 responses to “100 Years – 100 Objects: Zuni Pottery”

  1. ed burch says:

    hello, I live in northern arizona (St. Johns area) I have found a very old item . I looks indian but not too sure what tribe. The pot is in the shape of what to appears to be a duck. It is aprox 8″ long and about 7″ high. It is hallow and looks like at one time to be a canteen, There is 2 holes 1 on the tail and 1 on the back of the head, it seems that it was for a leather strap for carrying . Also the top of the head had a hole aprox 1 1/2″ wide.No stopper was with it. I found it under a old juniper tree that was unearthed during a rain storm. I have photos of the item and would love to get something on its history and maybe the value.Any help would be very grateful. thankyou

  2. Erin F says:

    Hi Ed,

    We don’t appraise items, but if you can send us a photo to blogadmin@hmns.org we will try and get an identification for you. Thanks for your comment!

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