Begay, Jr., Harrison – “Prayer Messenger” Jar with Yei and Dragonfly Designs (2022)

5.5"w x 5.5"h

$ 1,200.00

This is a creatively designed jar by Harrison Begay, Jr..  He has won numerous awards over the years for his deep-carved pottery.  This jar with a round body and a sloping neck.  The entire piece s fully carved.  There is a Yei face on one side.  Below the face are stars.  The face has both polished and matte surfaces.  The Yei figures are considered the “prayer messengers”.  The opposite side has a dragonfly, which is also a prayer messenger.  Separating the two designs are cloud, feather, sun, and wind patterns.  It is a powerfully designed jar with strong, thoughtful imagery.  All the designs are both polished and matte.  The highly stone polished surface creates a strong visual distinction between the matte and polished surfaceNote 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 ’22”.