Manymules, Samuel – Large Jar with Vertical Melon Ribs
This large jar by Samuel Manymules has a round shape which is accentuated by the vertical melon ribs. The jar itself is coil built and slipped with a red clay and then traditionally fired. The jar has a stone polished neck which comes to a sharp edge. Below the shoulder the melon ribs are pushed out in the clay and extend to the base of the jar. The symmetry of each rib adds to the overall appearance of the jar. It was traditionally fired outdoors and that has created the coloration on the surface. The jar has areas which range from black to red and brown. 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.