Lonewolf, Rosemary “Apple Blossom” – “The Village” Seedpot (1981)
This is an extraordinary large seedpot by Rosemary Lonewolf. The piece is entitled, “The Village”. The seedpot is coil built and fully stone polished. The piece includes a three-page letter by Rosemary detailing the symbolism of the seedpot. There is also her “certificate” card. Rosemary wrote of the piece:
“It was only the second seedpot at this time that was this size. It was the first time using the tiny circles to produce the textured background. “The Village” depicts the lifestyles of the village. A maiden with her storage jar is ready to draw water from a pool, seen incorporated in the flowing body of the avanyu. A flute player’s song is directed to the upraised head of the same Water Serpent. There are stylized figures of a hunter, bow and arrow in hand, and that of a farmer with his planting stick in a field of corn. In the sky is an eagle, a messenger of prayers between the villagers and the Katsinas. In this instance, the eagle is bearing the prayer request of the people for the nourishing rain. Above the rain-bearing thunderheads is the figure of the Sun God”.
It is a phenomenal piece and complex not just in design but technique. The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Apple Blossom”. Definitely an important piece from Rosemary Lonewolf!