Nez, Wallace – Sgraffito Seedpot with Butterflies and Deer (2006)
Wallace Nez is known for his intricately etched pottery. He began to make pottery when he was 12 years old. He won first place ribbons at the Santa Fe Indian Market in 1999, 2000, and 2001 and Best of Division at the Museum of Northern Arizona Market Show in 1999. This wide seedpot has amazingly intricate designs etched into the clay. There is one larger medallion with an etched deer looking upward. It is looking at the five medallions, each with a different butterfly. Surrounding them are very intricate stylized designs. Below the shoulder there are larger etched butterflies. The base is etched with a basket weave design in the style of a Navajo Wedding Basket. Note the exceptional symmetry of the basket “weave”. It is all so intricately and delicately designed, it is quite extraordinary! The piece is signed on the bottom “Wallace Nez” with the date of 2006.