Kahe-Charley – Karen – 11″ Tall Water Jar with Six Katsina Figures (1995) and Ribbon
This is an amazing large jar by Karen Kahe Charley. She is a daughter of Marcella Kahe. She learned to make pottery from her mother in 1980. This tall jar is coil built, painted with bee-weed and red clay, and traditionally fired. The jar has a round shoulder and elongated neck. The neck and below the shoulder have alternating flower and prayer feather designs. Around the top of the shoulder are six different katsina figures painted with bee-weed. There is a Havasupai, Long Horn, Mudhead, Butterfly Mana, and Hano Mana. The katsinas are painted in a traditional and very linear style. The piece was traditionally fired, creating slight blushes on the surface. The jar is signed on the bottom with Karen’s hallmark. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. The jar has a third place ribbon from the 1995 Santa Fe Indian Market.