Naranjo, Johnathan – Lidded Jar with Buffalo Dancers
This lidded jar by Johnathan Naranjo captures the beauty of the Santa Clara Pueblo Buffalo Dance. Nearly every pueblo at the end of the year performs the Buffalo Dance. There are male Buffalo Dancers and the female Buffalo Maiden. This jar has the male dancer on one side and the female on the other. They are etched with exceptional detail and realistic precision. Note the small butterflies around the female dancer! Separating them are very lightly etched bands of cloud and rain designs. The top section of the jar is matte and a dark brown, the same as the lid. The coloration of the jar is derived from the firing technique. The various shades of red and tan are achieved by lightly scraping away layers of polished surface! This is a very difficult technique but visually is striking. Johnathan has won numerous awards for his pottery. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay.
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