Begay, Daniel – Square Bowl with Yei Figures and Lid
This is the first lidded piece we have had by Daniel Begay. He has been creating some unique shapes with flat or square sides. This piece is carved around the body of the bowl with feathers and clouds, Yei figures, water, and star designs. Daniel is both Navajo and Santa Claran and so his full heritage comes into play with his pottery. The Yei figures are inspired by Navajo textiles and sandpaintings. The eagle feathers and clouds from Santa Clara. The bowl is very deeply carved and contrasts the polished and matte areas as the piece is turned. The lid is made to fit in just one manner with a notch on the bowl and lid to signify the correct fit. The lid is matte with a square finial which is fully polished. Throughout his work, Daniel creates a strong visual contrast between the polished and matte surfaces, which adds to the sophistication of the imagery. Note how Daniel’s designs also combine both thin and thicker lines to enhance the imagery. The style of carving has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.
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