Medina, Sofia – 16″ Storage Jar with Birds
This is a spectacular and massive storage jar bySofia Medina. The jar is made in the traditional style of Zia pottery. Each piece was coil built, painted with native clays and native fired. This is jar is exception form, color and painting. The jar is painted with four sections of birds. Each opposing bird is different. Over each bird is a polished rainbow band. Under two of the rainbows there are rain clouds. Under the other two are bird wings. Note the overall complexity of design from the base to the rim! The jar is simply beautifully polished and painted. Note as well the coloration of the jar, which a more brownish coloration for which Sofia was famous. Did you know that Zia potters use basalt as their temper for the clay, which gives these pieces their stability but also weight. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is one small area of missing slip on the rim. It is signed on the side, “Sofia Medina”. Not just a classic piece of their pottery, but outstanding in size, design and color as well!