Namingha, Les – Pueblo Bird Wing Jar, “Pueblo Series”
This jar by Les Namingha is inspired by Hopi-Tewa and Pueblo bird wing designs. Let’s start at the first photo and the bottom of the jar. The is a classic Hopi-Tewa bird wing design painted in black on the red. Looking up at the rest of the jar, in black (with tan highlights) there are a series of birds. There are Hopi, Zuni, and even a San Ildefonso style bird. The spiraling lines painted on top of the bird wings are more free form geometrics. The jar utilizes a variety of colorations from the black, red, and brown of the pottery to primary colors. It is a complex jar. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.
““This jar is part of my “Pueblo Jar series” that I started recently. This series interprets or incorporates elements from other Pueblos outside of my Zuni and Tewa-Hopi influenced work. My focus is on finding similarities in design elements across all Pueblo communities. Here there are variations in birds and bird wing designs. There are similar styles of birds seen at Zuni, Acoma, San Idefonso, Laguna and in ancient pottery.”.” Les Namingha
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