Water Jar

Jicarilla Apache


collected about 1900

Willow and pinon pitch

Overall: 12 × 11 7/16 in. (30.5 × 29 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Elizabeth and Donald McDermid Wesbrook



Place Made: United States, North America

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view


Once fully coated with pitch or resin, this tightly woven basket originally held water. Similarly, this Grueby Company vase was shaped from wet clay and then fired in a kiln. Firing removed all traces of water from the clay, hardening the vase so it could be used as a container for fresh flowers. Both artists created beautiful and functional vessels for holding water.

From the 2023 exhibition Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, curated by Michael Hartman, Jonathan Little Cohen Associate Curator of American Art

Course History

First Year Student Enrichment Program - Cultures, Identities and Belongings, Francine A'Ness, Summer 2023

Exhibition History

Liquidity: Art, Commodities, and Water, Israel Sack Gallery and the Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, July 29, 2023-June 16, 2024.


"Lucy" Elizabeth Case Harwood (1867-1938), about 1900 or before; to her relative Elizabeth Barney Wesbrook (1890-1987) and Donald M. Wesbrook (1886-1956), South Royalton, Vermont; given to present collection, 1954.

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