Da, Tony – Red Clay Bear with Turquoise (1970-1)
Tony Da had a short career which spanned from 1967-82. Tony began making bears as early as his first show in 1967 at Gallup Ceremonials. As they evolved they became more sculptural in form. This bear is an earlier one from around 1970-71. The bear is fully polished and fired red. The heartline and the inside of the legs is matte. There are two pieces of turquoise on the back and two for the eyes. The bear has an incised heartline which is symbolic of the strength of the bear. The bear is signed on the back foot in the clay. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.