Gutierrez, Margaret & Luther – Polychrome Otter Figure (1960’s)
This otter figure by Margaret and Luther Gutierrez is a classic of their style. The piece is from the late 1960s. It is an otter on its back and the legs are painted with designs. On one leg is a hunter following bear tracks. The next leg has a spider, then a bird and finally a frog. They are all painted with various clay slips. The face of the otter is their typical whimsical style which would evolve more in later works. Typically Margaret would have made the piece and Luther, her brother, would have painted it. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Margaret/Luther”.