Native American Santo Domingo Handbuilt and Handpainted Polychrome Pot
Native American Santo Domingo Handbuilt and Handpainted Polychrome Pot by Robert Tenorio
In late 19th century, Santo Domingo developed a style of decoration that was unlike the styles of any of the other pueblos. Santo Domingo potters developed a strong bold form of ornamentation in black on cream-colored background, with only a red band under the decorated area. Red was not used in the design pattern. The design basically consisted of simple geometric patterns repeated around the vessel body. Neck zones usually had elements in repetition as well. This pot was beautifully created by Robert Tenorio and he sticks to the classic patterns but allows red to come into the classic pueblo birds. Santo Domingo potters do not use human figures in their pottery for they feel that only the Great Spirits can create humans.
8 in. tall x 6.5 in. dia.