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Jar by Sofia Medina, Zia

Sofia Medina was renown for her traditional style Zia pottery as well as creating very large ollas. She was a daughter of Juanita Pino, the wife of Rafael Medina and the mother of Marcellus Medina, Samuel Medina and Lois Medina. She learned to make pottery from Rafael's grandmother, Trinidad Medina. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. Sofia won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market and her work can be found in museums nationwide such as the Peabody Essex, SAR and the Heard Museum.

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Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds and Lightning Rim

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is an exceptional piece of her pottery in both form and design.  The jar has a carved rim with a lightning shape to the edge. Below the carved rim is a prayer feather design. On either side are Zia style birds. One is red while the other is black.  On the opposite side is a single  bird under a red rainbow.  The rainbow is polished red slip. There are polished brown areas on either side of the bird and the rainbow.  The painting of the black has fine line rain patterns and additional cloud imagery across the surface of the piece.  The contrast of the lines, polished and matte designs works perfectly on this piece.  The large size and the unique opening are also striking. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”.

$ 1,250.00
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