Namingha, Les – “Pueblo Series” Kolowisi and Dragonfly Jar (2018)
6.25"w x 7.75"h
This jar is part of the “Pueblo Series” by Les Namingha. The “Pueblo Series” 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:
“I’m using the avanyu as a theme for a small collection of pots. This jar has a Zuni style representation of “Kolowisi” or rather, my interpretation of the water serpent. They are 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.”
The jar is a taller shape with a very slightly turned-out rim. The jar has a stylized kolowisi or feathered water serpent, encircling the piece. In addition, there is a small dragonfly. In Zuni culture, the dragonfly is significant as a prayer messenger. There is additional banding of designs and color. The jar is painted with acrylic, as with all of Les’s pottery. It is a wonderfully painted and dramatic jar. It is signed on the bottom. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.