Antonio, Frederica – Water Jar with Corn 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 is one of her few smaller pieces. The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. It is fully painted with a checkerboard “corn” design. There is a lightning pattern which extends from the neck to the base which is painted with two different colors of clay slip. 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, small size, and tightly painted design create a piece which is visually stunning! The jar is signed on the bottom.
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