Antonio, Frederica – Large Polychrome Jar with Eight Designs
7.75"w x 8"h
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 Acoma water jar shape with a high shoulder and a long neck. Frederica has used eight different designs on this jar. The patterns are painted vertically with representations of corn, rain, snow, lighting, stars and other designs. There are alternating bands of cloud designs painted in red and ocher-colored clays. The neck is painted with mountain (painted clay colors) and cloud (black/white) designs. This jar is exceptionally complex and visually varied as it is turned. 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.