Ortiz, Inez – Double Headed Monos Figure
Inez Ortiz was the sister of Virgil Ortiz and the mother of Lisa Holt. She was well known for her whimsical figures and her animal storytellers. This is one of her few “monos” figures. The monos figures are ones which originated in Cochiti in the 1880s. Double-headed figures, such as this one, were representations of Siamese Twins from traveling circuses in the area. This figure is very intricate in the painting. Each of the “heads” is wearing a necklace. They each have a different type of mustache or beards! The cloud designs on the clothes are classics for Cochiti. The figure is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.