Rita Lewis (1920-1991) was the daughter of Ascencion Banada. She was married to Ivan Lewis, son of Lucy Lewis. Together they started making bowls and animal figurines around 1971 and storyteller figurines around 1973. Following the death of Ivan, Rita continued making storyteller figurines alone. She passed away in 1991. This is one of Rita's turtle figures. It was made using Cochiti Pueblo clay, slip, and vegetal paints and firing outdoors. The back has a circular sun and cloud design. The turtle is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom.
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