Naranjo, Paul – Long Neck Jar with Dancers & Eagle (1987)
9"w x 11"h
This is an exceptional jar by Paul Naranjo. It is fully polished to a glassy surface. Honestly, one of the toughest pieces to photograph! However, the polish is amazing and the entire surface of the jar is fully polished! There are two maidens in traditional dress and they are separated by an eagle head. There is a water serpent in the background, which is a designs often used by Paul on the background of his pieces. Along the neck and the base are kiva step designs, and there are plant patterns around the base as well. Paul fired his pottery a dark, chocolate color, for which he was well known. His pieces can be seen in the “Beyond Traditions” book by Jerry Jacka. The jar has unique color variations in the brown which further enhance the designs. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The jar also won a ribbon at the 1987 Gallup Ceremonials, which adds to its important provenance.