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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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Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Large Jar with Birds, Clouds & Turtle Lid

This is one of the largest collaborative pieces we have had by Elizabeth and Marcellus Medina.  Elizabeth is known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This jar was made by Elizabeth and painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina.  The jar has a series of birds around the base of the piece.  Each bird is different in style and wings.  Around the neck of the jar are a series of cloud and rain designs. All the colorations are derived from natural clay slips.  The red areas are stone polished in contrast to the matte painted sections. The top of the lid is polished red and there is an added turtle. The top of the turtle has flowers and a bird as the design.  The tan clay used on the bird on the lid is also polished.    The jar is signed on the bottom “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.

$ 500.00
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
Medina, Elizabeth – 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.  The red and tan parts of the rainbow are fully polished, as is the body of the bird. On one side the wings and tail feathers of the bird are also stone polished.  Separating the rainbow sections are smaller birds and cloud patterns.  The jar is complex with the variations of matte and polished surfaces.  The top of the lid is polished red while the turtle is added and slipped tan.  There is a polished and painted bird and flowers on the top.  The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth Medina, Zia.

$ 350.00
Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Jar with Butterflies, Bird & 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 was made by Elizabeth and painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina.  The jar has birds on two of the sides.  Each bird is surrounded by flowers and rain designs.  The red clay slip on the body of the bird is stone polished.  Separating the birds are butterflies. Each butterfly is different with the designs on the wings and delicately painted by Marcellus.  He is known for his more realistic style of painting.  The top of the lid is polished red and there is an added turtle. The top of the turtle has flowers and a bird as the design.   The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.

$ 275.00
Medina, Sofia – Large Jar with Birds & Zia Sun Designs (1971)

Sofia Medina was known for traditional style of Zia pottery.  Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired.  This is a large jar in the classic Zia shape. There are painted birds with rainbows on two sides.  On the other two sides are the Zia sun design.  The various colors are derived from natural clay slips.  The jar is signed on the lower side “Sofia Medina, Zia”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  There is some slight areas of wear on the surface. The jar comes to us from the collection of Richard Spivey, who wrote “The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez” among other books.  He purchased the jar in 1971. Inside there is also some of the basalt temper which is used to make Zia pottery.  Richard noted of this jar, “It is somewhat overfired, but it does not detract from the beauty of his jar”.  Very true!  It is a beautiful jar and exceptional provenance!

$ 1,000.00
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
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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