Medicine Flower, Grace – Polychrome Jar with Four Women in the Pueblo (1997)
This is an innovative jar by Grace Medicine Flower. She remains renown for her creative pottery. This jar is one of a series she made in 1996-7, when we first began to show her pottery. The jar is carved on various levels. On the outer most level, there are pueblo women in shawls with pottery on their heads. The shawls or blankets are each painted with various colors of clay and each has a different design. The vessels on their heads are either polished red or black matte. The next level down is the Pueblo buildings. The walls are polished tan and there are carved doors and windows with a red slip in the background. The jar is an amazing variation of depth and color and to think that all the work has to be done before the piece is fired! It is extraordinary how much time is involved in each piece of her pottery. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Grace Medicine Flower”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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