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20th c
13 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (34 x 20 cm)

Polia Pillin (aka Polia Sunockin Pillin), Polish, (September 1,1909–July 25, 1992)

Object Type: Ceramic
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Ceramic
Credit Line: Gift of the artist
Accession Number: 59-0.31

The gray-green body of this chalice features six female figures standing shoulder-to-shoulder. Their long black hair, wide dark eyes and clasped hands exhibit a strong Byzantine quality, recalling the folk art of the artist’s native Poland. Polia came to America in 1924, settling first in Chicago, where she studied painting and pottery-making. Eventually she and her husband moved to Los Angeles where her work gained a wide audience.

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Functional Ceramic vessel

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  • H: 13 3/8; Diam: 7 7/8 inches Dimensions: 13 3/8 x 7 7/8 in. (33.97 x 20 cm)

Provenance History
  • Owner Name: Polia Pillin
    Role: artist
    Place: Los Angeles, California
    Dates: 1959, December 8, 1959

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