Begay, Daniel – Storage Jar with Dragonflies
WOW! This is an exceptional carved storage jar by Daniel Begay. The shape is elegant with the round, high shoulder, and short neck. It is also a form that has a lot of space for carving. The neck of the jar has feather and cloud designs. The body of the jar has dragonflies. In Pueblo culture, they are the “prayer messengers”. One side has two dragonflies, and the other has a single dragonfly. They are carved surrounded by cloud and wind designs. There is a dynamic flow of design across the surface of the jar. The quantity of carving is quite extraordinary! The jar was traditionally fired black with a silvery appearance to the surface. The carving is very deep with clean channels separating the designs. Daniel uses matte sections to help accentuate the polished surfaces. The matte is smooth and perfectly sanded to create the best visual contrast. This certainly adds to the sophistication of his carving and designs. 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, “Daniel Begay”.