Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – 5 Color Lidded Jar with Deer, Antelope, and Birds
Elizabeth Medina is known for her traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This jar is made by Elizabeth and intricately painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina. Marcellus is certainly at his best when he is reviving historic Zia styles. The jar has a stylized deer on one side, and an antelope on the other. They each painted with various clay slips. Separating them are large old-style birds, each with different wings. The neck has mountain and rain designs. The jar has a bear lid with a Zia bird on the top. Note the tan polished areas on the bird! Overall, there are five different colors of clay used on this jar, which adds to the complexity both in obtaining the slips but also in using them in a more complicated visual manner, from polished to matte. The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.