Manymules, Samuel – 14.5″ Tall Drum Jar with Raised Band (1990s)
This is a spectacular large water or “drum” jar by Samuel Manymules. It is one of his early large, coil-built vessels from the late 1990s. The jar has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The surface is fully polished and the coloration is from the natural color of the clay. There is a raised band around the neck that is incised and meant to look like rope. I remember the first time I saw Samuel with pieces like this at one of the art shows and was immediately impressed by the scale and symmetry of the work! This jar was traditionally fired creating striking colorations on the surface. After the firing, it was covered in pinon pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “SM”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.