Leno, Juana – Canteen with Mimbres Bird (1970s)
Juana Leno is one of the four revivalist matriarchs of contemporary Acoma pottery (including Marie Z. Chino, Lucy Lewis, and Jessie Garcia). She was a daughter of Lupita and Jose Vallo and learned to make pottery from her grandmother Eulilia Vallo. This is one of the few canteens we have seen of her work. It has a wide shoulder and two twisted handles. On the sides are prayer feathers and on the front and back area Mimbres birds and a rabbit. Each bird is very detailed in design with both fine-line and hatchwork patterns. The canteen was traditionally fired so there is a slight variation in coloration. It is signed on the bottom, “Leno”. It is in very good condition and a creative piece of pottery by this important Acoma Pueblo potter!