Lonewolf, Joseph – “Mimbres Cricket” Seedpot (1997)
This seedpot by Joseph Lonewolf is from 1997. The piece is entitled, “Mimbres Cricket”. It includes a signed version of the card which Joseph made for each of his miniatures. This piece was actually made for our show at the gallery with Joseph and Grace Medicine Flower in 1998. Joseph wrote partially of this piece:
“Portrayed from a side view is a cricket representative of the Mimbres Period – 10th to 14th centuries. The cricket – an insect related to the locust and grasshopper, but usually having long antennae – appears to be leaping in mid-air. Beneath the Mimbres cricket is highly polished red slipwork (Mother Earth) which encompasses the extreme front, partial sides, back side and a portion of the top.”
The butterfly is symbolic of beauty and the the interlocking rings medallion represents the attachment between friends and was the yearly symbol for 1997. Beginning in the early 1970’s, Joseph Lonewolf revolutionized the world of Santa Clara pottery by incorporating his sgraffito (lightly etching the surface of the clay) and incised (more deeply cut into the clay) designs. The piece is signed on the bottom and includes the signed artist card. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.