Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – Large Seedpot with Parrots (1980s)
This is a larger seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf. It is tall and fully designed. There are two large parrots as the design. Each is detailed and highlighted with clay slips for their wings. There are additional palm trees and a rising sun. Near the base in a horizontal manner is a single Mimbres style parrot. There are a lot of various depths in the etching and carving. The piece was fired red and then highlighted with the additional colors of green, white, and blue clay slips. The various colors are all derived from natural clay slips. The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Apple Blossom”.
So, why so many parrots on Pueblo and Hopi pottery? In the pre-contact era, there was a small parrot that was indigenous to the southwest area. As well, parrot feathers were traded with Central American tribes and were highly valued. Today there are Parrot Clans at Hopi and parrot feathers are used throughout the Pueblo world in various ceremonies and dances. So, it is not unexpected to see parrots featured on pottery from the various pueblos and Hopi. They are certainly part of the cultural and historic background of these amazing potters!