Manymules, Samuel Large Wide Swirl Jar
This is a very wide jar by Samuel Manymules. It is coil built and slipped with red clay and then traditionally fired. The jar has a stone polished neck and the ribs extend from the shoulder swirling down to the base. Each rib is pushed out by hand and they come to a sharp point. There are 10 ribs which extend across the surface of the jar. However, it is not the size or the ribs which make this jar so remarkable, but the coloration. Did you know Samuel fires his pottery on its side?!?! This helps create more dynamic colorations. This jar goes from a deep reddish-purple to dark black and brown. Interestingly, the brown areas are the more intensely fired sections of his pottery. After the piece is fired, the jar is covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. The piece is signed on the bottom. It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.
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