Inventory of Cabot's Pueblo Museum Pottery
This is an invetory of Native American Pottery from Cabot's Pueblo Museum in Desert Hot Springs, 2008. The collection has since been professionally appraised and cataloged.
Ceramics Inventory for Cabotâ€™s Pueblo Museum January 2008 - Photographed / compiled by Jane Pojawa About the collection: Cabot Yerxa collected these pieces from 1920 - 1959. Some were gifts from Native American friends, others were purchased. It is probable that several of the pieces are considerably older than 1920. Yerxa’s afﬁnity for Puebloan ceramics was considerable; he made repeated visits through the Southwest and patterned his home after the pueblos he visited there including Taos and Acoma in New Mexico. In 1925, at the conclusion of his art studies in Europe, Yerxa took a cruise through Mexico, Cuba and Panama. He collected the ﬁgurines, which may date from pre-Columbian contact, at that time. At Miracle Hill, he discovered both red and blue clay, which he used to make his own ceramics. Although the quality of his pieces has a certain naive charm, it was his incorporation of the clay into the adobe blocks from which he made his home that showed his craftsmanship to advantage. Provenance of the ceramics is based on physical characteristics and an inventory list compiled by Cole Eyraud. It is likely that the collection has dwindled since Yerxa’s death in 1965. This inventory is an attempt to catalog the collection and to establish the history of these unique works of art. All of the pieces are hand-built and demonstrate authentic native ceramic techniques. —2— Description Suggested Provinance Polychrome bowl Polychrome bowl and ladle. Not a matched set although displayed together. Zia Pueblo Polychrome bowl, olla shape. Late Acoma Polychrome bowl Zia Pueblo —3— Artifact Artifact Suggested Provinance Description Acoma Pueblo Polychrome bowl Acoma Pueblo Black-on-White bowl Acoma Pueblo Black-on-White ladle Acoma Pueblo Black-on-White bowl, olla style —4— Description Suggested Provinance Black-on-White bowl Acoma Pueblo Chaco Black-onWhite 1075 - 1150 ce Late Pueblo II Chaco Canyon Black Ware bowl Santa Clara Pueblo Black Ware pitcher Santa Clara Pueblo —5— Artifact Artifact Suggested Provinance Description Hopi bowl Possibly Cabot Yerxa’s original Red Ware bowl with lid Possibly Cabot Yerxa’s original bowl d sphere; material not determined —6— Description bowl with ﬂuted brim Suggested Provinance Possibly Cabot Yerxa’s original Red Ware bowl Cahuilla Large bowl —7— Artifact Artifact Suggested Provinance Description Rattlesnake vase Casas Grandes (Mexico) Brid efﬁgy vase Mexico ﬁgurine d —8— Description Suggested Provinance Figurine Mexico Polychrome ﬁgurine Mexico Arrow shaft straightener, basalt Stone pipe —9— Artifact A postcard sent from Cabot Yerxa to his wife Portia from Taos, New Mexico. Chaco Canyon Taos Santa Clara Zia Acoma Cabot Yerxa in Santa Fe, August 1959. Map of New Mexico’s Pueblos Cabot Yerxa visited the Southwest many times between 1920 and 1959. He admired the culture of the Pueblo Indians and strove to emulate their craftsmanship — 10 —