Antonio, Frederica – Four Seasons Jar with Polychrome Lightning Designs
Frederica Antonio is renown 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 jar is a classic olla shape with a high shoulder and a short neck. Frederica has painted the Four Seasons in the black-and-white sections of the jar. Each section is very intricate in design and extends from the neck spiraling to the base. Separating them are two bands of color, representing lightning. 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 create a piece which is visually stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom.
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