Natseway, Charmae – Lidded Polygon Box with Bird Designs
Charmae Natseway is known for her exceptional painted pottery and use of distinctive forms. This wonderful seedpot has flat sides and a polygon shape. Three of the sides are each painted with a triangular mountain pattern. The large flat sides have scenes with Acoma birds. One side has polychrome birds with various clay slips along with a black painted bird. There are lots of surrounding plants. The opposite side has two large birds, one red and one green. The entire piece is very tightly painted. The lid has a step design which replicates the triangular painted design. The lid fits perfectly into the top of the piece. All the various colors are from natural clay slips. The piece is signed on the bottom, “Charmae Natseway”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is a striking balance of traditional and historic imagery on a very modern form.