Namingha, Les – “Pueblo Series” Jar with Zia Birds
6.75"w x 6.25"h
This jar is part of a new series of pieces by Les Namingha. This, “Pueblo Series” is focused on universal design similarities among various Pueblo pottery. As Les is both Zuni and Hopi-Tewa, he has a lot of cultural imagery to pull from for this body of work. Les says of this piece:
“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 two Zia style birds. There are similar styles of birds seen at Zuni, Acoma, Laguna and in ancient pottery.”
The jar has a round body and a short neck. The jar has striking colorations and there are birds painted on each side in medallions. They are additionally designed with different imagery on for the bodies. One the sides and encircling the jar are large yellow ellipses. These bold geometrics accentuate the detailed designs on the remainder of the jar. It is signed on the bottom. The last photo is one of this jar next to a piece by Elizabeth Medina. It seemed interesting to show the style of birds from Zia in comparison to this jar.