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Vase, Chief Shavehead
Vase, Chief Shavehead

Rookwood Pottery Company introduced Indian figural decoration in the mid-1880s, when white Americans became increasingly aware of the plight of the Native American peoples. Artists romanticized an idyllic past when Indians lived in harmony with nature and were often inspired by contemporary photography of Native Americans. Vases with Indian figures are among the pieces most prized by Rookwood collectors today.

Decorator: Grace Young, American, 1869-1947
Maker: Rookwood Pottery Company, 1880-1967
Medium: Glazed earthenware
Place Manufactured: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Dates: ca. 1899
Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 6 x 6 in. (39.4 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
Markings: Impressed on bottom: "[stamp consisting of reversed ‘RP’ monogram surrounded by 13 flames] / 856 / B" Incised by hand on bottom, in script: "- Shavehead – / – Arapahoe – "
Signature: no signature
Inscriptions: no inscriptions
Collections: Decorative Arts

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