Manymules, Samuel – Jar with Rounded Swirl Melon Ribs
This jar by Samuel Manymules has a tall shape with a slight neck. The melon ribs swirl down from the neck to the base. The ribs are pushed out in the clay and there is a deep groove separating each rib. The jar is traditionally fired and the coloration is striking! The symmetry of each rib adds to the overall appearance of the jar. The variation 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 the covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.