Native American

Seed Jar

Artist: Grace Chino
Culture/People: Acoma Pueblo
Place: New Mexico
Media: Clay and pigment
Dims: 4 x 4.5 in. (4.5 x 11.43 cm)
Date: c. 1945-50
RTC No: NA1500
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011


Grace Chino was from Acoma Pueblo, and is well known for her distinguished pottery. I got in contact with her great nephew, Robert Patricio who explained what this pot represents. This is a seed jar. The reason for the small hole is so rodents don’t get the seeds. The intricate design symbolizes corn fields and lightning. The three lines in the middle represent rain. She created this to pray for rain and good crops. —Gailene Morgan (Tesuque Pueblo, Sac and Fox Nation of the Mississippi in Iowa) Hands-On Student Curator, 2018.

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