Believed to be the work of Luteria Atencio, a noted San Juan potter, it was collected by Joseph Henry Sharp, who used it as an object in many of his paintings. San Juan Pueblo is called Oke in the native Tewa language. Pottery produced there in historic times was conservative, with designs and forms that had changed little in two hundred years. Most were polished with a stone and fired red or black. The slip was applied to the upper portion of the pot only. San Juan is important in New Mexican history as the site of Juan de Onate’s colony of 1598. That colony was the beginning of what became New Mexico, as well as the first European settlement in the American Southwest.
Illustrated in Spirits in the Art, by James A. Hanson, p-235