Medina, Elizabeth & Marcellus – Large Jar with Antelope & Deer Dancers with Zia Birds
This is a detailed storage jar by Elizabeth Medina and her husband Marcellus Medina. Elizabeth is known for her traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece is coil built, painted with native clays, and native fired. This jar was made by Elizabeth and intricately painted by her husband, Marcellus Medina. Marcellus is certainly at his best when he is reviving historic Zia styles and painting Zia Pueblo dancers. The jar has a Deer Dancer on one side, and an Antelope Dancer on the other side. It is amazing that they are patined with clay slips, which seems so difficult to create the shading and subtle coloration on the figures. The feathers on the headdress of the Antelope Dancer and the Deer Dancer are incredible in detail! Separating them are large Zia-style birds and polished clouds. The red areas are stone polished. The complexity of color and design on the jar, using five different colors of clay is exceptional. The jar is signed on the side “Elizabeth + Marcellus Medina, Zia”.