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Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep-carved pottery. This jar has a round shoulder and a short neck. The neck and base of the jar are fully polished. The entire central area of the jar is fully carved. There is a heartline bear over carved eagle feathers. As the jar is turned there are cloud, rain, and plant designs carved into the clay. It is a striking use of angular and circular designs. All the designs are either polished or matte. The highly stone-polished surface creates a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface. Note as well the style of carving, which has a beveled appearance to the angle of the cuts into the clay. This is a very distinctive style of carving for his pottery. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harrison ’23”.