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Zia PuebloZia Pueblo

English Pronunciation: "Zee-ah" To anyone traveling along the road eighteen miles northwest of Bernalillo, New Mexico, Zia Pueblo is almost invisible. It is situated on a rocky knoll, where it blends into the landscape like a natural feature of the terrain. For six-hundred plus years it has weathered the worst that man and nature could inflict upon it --- and it has survived. Although the Pueblo itself is inconspicuous, its Sun symbol is familiar to all New Mexicans, for it is the official New Mexico State insignia appearing on the state flag and adopted by the New Mexico Legislature in its salute, “I salute the flag of New Mexico, the Zia symbol of perfect friendship among united cultures. Zia Pueblo suffered disasterous losses in the Pueblo Revolt. Six-hundred people were killed and additional conflicts lasting for years reduced the population still further. Prominent among Zia crafts is pottery, unpolished redware with white slip, with decorations in brown or black are produced often with a bird motif. The Zia tradition is faithfully adhered to; innovation is avoided. Some Zia painters have achieved recognition for their watercolors. The traditional language of the Zia Pueblo is Keresan.

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Bell, Seferina  – Jar with Bird & Star

Seferina Bell has long  been considered one of the great Zia potters of the 20th century.  This is a classic jar with birds on two sides.  Above the birds are the classic Zia rainbow with the red clay slip.  Separating the birds are a star pattern with the red band above and below.  The bowl was slipped with the white clay and painted with the red clay and which is polished.  There is a beautiful patina to the surface of this small bowl!  It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair but there is a slight lean to the form.  It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark, a bell.

$ 900.00 $ 500.00
Medina, Elizabeth – Jar with Bird Family & Turtle Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is a traditional design with a bird or roadrunner on each side.  One side has the male, the other the female and there are four baby birds as well. Surrounding the birds are various plant patterns.  Separating the birds are single flowers which are painted in an open space style.  Throughout the piece the red clay slip is polished while the other clay is matte.  The lid has a turtle with the bird painted on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia

$ 200.00
Medina, Elizabeth – Tall Jar with Birds, Rainbow & Turtle Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is painted in a traditional style with a bird or roadrunner on each side.  The bodies of the birds are stone polished.  There is a rainbow band over each of the birds.  Separating the rainbows are a section of plants and birds at the rim.  There are fine-line clouds on the edge of the rainbow.  The lid is in the shape of a turtle and there is a bird and plants painted on the top.  Throughout the piece the red and tan clay slips are polished while the other clay is matte.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia.

$ 350.00
Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Jar w/Feather Design & Lid

Elizabeth Medina is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar is painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina.  The jar has old-style Zia patterns with a rain design around the neck.  There are additional rain and cloud patterns around the shoulder and the center of the spirals has a feather pattern.  He has tightly painted the rain designs with fine-line patterns.  The turtle lid was painted by Elizabeth and has a classic Zia bird and plant designs.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.

$ 300.00
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