Begay, Jr., Harrison – Large Jar with Yei and Dragonfly Figures
Harrison Begay, Jr. has won numerous awards over the years for his deep carved pottery. This larger jar is fully carved and has a wide shoulder and fully polished rim. The jar has a male Yei figure on one side and a female on the other. Each of the masks is half polished and half matte. Both have additional feathers as part of the design which are intricately carved. Separating the Yei figures is a dragonfly on one side and plant and cloud designs on the other. Both the Yei figures and the dragonfly are “prayer messengers”, so they work perfectly on this jar. The rim is fully polished down inside the mouth of the jar. The piece is fired a striking brown coloration. The designs are either polished or matte, which Harrison alternates to accentuate his imagery. 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 highly stone polished surface creates a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surface. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Harrison ’20”.