Naranjo, Madeline – “Deer Dancers” Large Jar with Deer Handles
WOW! This is one of the largest and most complex pieces we have had by Madeline Naranjo. First, did you know that every piece is a pinch pot? Unlike most other Pueblo potters, she does not coil build her pottery, but each piece starts out as a ball of clay and she “pinches” it into its form. That is quite a process, especially on a piece this large! This bowl is wonderfully symmetrical and it is fully carved on both side. There are two scenes with Pueblo Deer Dancers carved into the clay. They are very deeply carved and contrast of highly polished and matte areas. The Dancers are surrounded by rain and mountain designs which circle up under the handles. The handes are the extraordinary part of this jar, as there is a male deer on one side and a female on the other. The deer are sculpted and matte, against the contrast of the polished surfaces on the bowl. It certainly reflects the growth in Madeline’s pottery in both form and design! It is signed on the bottom in the clay.