I am fortunate to have acquired this perfectly simple, marvelous plain polished black ware canteen by Rose Gonzales. Hand coiled, beautifully polished, and traditionally fired outdoors, it is a wonderful example of her work. She finished the canteen with a leather strap and a cork stopper. The shape is particularly interesting, with a pushed out “dimple” on the front. The backside was made so it lays flat. This canteen is polished to a mirror like sheen, so my photographer had a challenge with the photos. Such a shine! When I spoke to Russell Sanchez (her nephew) about this beauty, he said it was probably made in the 50’s to the early 70’s. By the later 70’s and early 80’s she wasn’t creating much new work. Pueblo pottery canteens were made different sizes depending on the intended use. Traditionally, small but functional canteens were made at the pueblos for the men to fill with water and take to the fields with them. Of course, collectors sought after them as well, so the women potters began making them to sell. It is in wonderful condition, with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Signed on the bottom: ROSE

8” high to the top of the stopper by 7” wide

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