Gonzales, Tse-Pe – Black-and-Sienna Medallion with Carved Figure (1980s)
Tse-Pe Gonzales was a son of noted potter Rose Gonzales. This is an unusual piece of his work. It is a clay medallion, which might have been made as a necklace. It is deeply carved with a figure with a feather. The feather and the lightning design in front of the face are sienna in coloration. The feather is lightly etched. The face is matte with a two-tone sienna. There is added hei-shi beads and turquoise for the necklace. There is an original leather cord attached to the piece. It is signed on the back “TP” which is his hallmark. There is a number “50” also etched into the back. Tse-Pe was keeping a numerical count of his pieces, much like Joseph Lonewolf did with his pottery with the codes on the bottom of his pottery. However, I’ve only seen it on earlier pieces of his individual work (right after he divorced Dora Tse-Pe) and then he began using a more stylized hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a creative and interesting piece of his pottery!