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Zuni Owl with Two Chicks by Nellie Bica, c.1920

Although unsigned, we think this Zuni owl with two chicks is an early example of Nellie Bica’s pottery, which would date it to the 1920s. A label on the bottom identifies it as a “Westinghouse Owl,” likely part of a Westinghouse Electric company collection of Native American art from the early 1900s. Another Pittsburgh-based company, Hershey, had a large collection of Native American art, which is exhibited at their museum. Zuni owls became popular in the 1880s in response to tourism to the Southwest, and a large one like this would be the highlight of any collection of historic Pueblo pottery. The owl measures 10” height and 10 ½” diameter, and is in excellent, original condition with plenty of presence. Complimentary shipping included. See P4385 for a signed example that is very similar to this owl:

P4436 -- $2650

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