Antonio, Frederica – Five-Color Water Jar with Checkerboard Neck

6.5"w x 8"h

$ 4,000.00

WOW!  This is a detailed long-neck water jar by Frederica Antonio.  She is renowned for her intricately painted pottery. Each piece is coil-built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.  This water jar has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The neck jar is painted with a checkerboard pattern using red, brown and yellow clay.  It is colorful and fluid. The body of the jar has mountains, lightning, corn, and rain designs.  They are created using small squares.  Each section is separated by colorful lightning patterns that swirl around the jar.  The colors are dynamic with the black-and-white complexity of the designs.  The time involved in the painting of this piece is extraordinary!  The result, however, is a water jar with a detailed colorful pattern along with movement in the designs.  The base of the jar is concave, reminiscent of historic Acoma jars which were carried on the head.  This combination of thin walls, classic shape, and tightly painted design creates a piece that is visually stunning!  The jar is signed on the bottom, “F. A. Antonio”.