Begay, Daniel – Storage Jar with Avanyu and Stars
This is an exceptional carved storage jar by Daniel Begay. He has been creating some unique shapes with flat or square sides. This piece is very round in shape with a short neck. It is fully carved around the side, which is a lot of carving space! The jar has a water serpent in one section. Note the complexity to the body and the unique set up of the design. As the jar is turned there are polished and matte sections of cloud and lightning motifs. The side opposite the avanyu has deeply carved stars which are both polished and matte. Note near the base the little carved dragonfly! There are additional bands of carved clouds and an eternity design. The top and lower section are fully polished. It is a striking piece in form and design. 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.