Antonio, Frederica – Five-Color Water Jar with Corn Designs
Frederica Antonio 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 high shoulder and a short neck. The jar is painted in two large sections with corn designs. The corn is symbolic of prosperity. Separating the black-and-white sections are two bands of black and red checkerboard designs. The striking part of the jar is the neck, which is a polychrome checkerboard! The lines are first painted, then all the colors, and then the lines are painted over again. It is a striking variation of coloration. The level of complexity and time involved in the painting of this piece is extraordinary! The result, however, is stunning with a dynamic appearance and 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”.