Manymules, Samuel – Jar with 12 Rainbows
This is a striking new jar by Samuel Manymules. The shape is a water jar with a wide shoulder and a short neck. There are twelve rainbows extending down from the shoulder. Each of the arcs of the rainbow are impressed into the clay. The entire piece is fully polished and traditionally fired. The jar has striking coloration from the firing. The variation of color from black to red to brown give the piece a sense of motion on the surface. The browner areas are where it was fired to a higher temperature. After the firing, the jar is covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.