B1300 – Apache Olla CA 1915
Apache handwoven olla by an unknown artist. CA 1915. Apache pictorial olla jar with triple step diagonal bands. Framing panels of ladders, dragonflies, and human figures. While there is some debate, it is thought that the Apache did not weave coiled jars, or ollas, for their own consumption, but rather made them exclusively for sale. Descriptions or accounts of ollas are not found in existing literature regarding early Apache ethnographies. It is thought that the practice of weaving ollas probably began shortly after the Western Apaches internment at San Carlos. The weaving of large, elaborately figured ollas is known to have begun a few decades before the turn of the century. After 1900, most Apache weavers were no longer making the large ollas. Polychrome ollas using red willow also began to appear after this time. Made in the USA. One of a kind. 19 1/2" diameter and 22" height. This basket is in good condition.