Manymules, Samuel – Small Jar with Nine Sharp Swirl Melon Ribs
This small jar by Samuel Manymules has a short neck and sharp melon ribs. The ribs are pushed out in the clay to a sharp point and there is a deep groove separating each rib. The symmetry of each of the 9 ribs adds to the overall appearance of the jar. The jar is traditionally fired and the coloration is striking! The variation from black to brown gives 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 then covered with pine pitch in the traditional way expected of Navajo pottery. It is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is extraordinary vessels like this which keep Samuel among the top Navajo potters working today.