Patricio, Robert – Large Jar with Turtle Back Design
This is an intricately painted jar by Robert Patricio. He is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery. This jar is coil built and thin-walled. It has a classic water jar shape with a high shoulder and a long neck. The jar is painted with a diamond-shaped pattern that encompasses the surface. It is often referred to as a “TurtleBack” design. Note the complexity of the hatchwork patterns and the very thin, fine, lines. The complexity of the jar along with the black-and-white appearance gives the piece a very modern appearance. Robert is certainly one of the leading traditional Acoma potters working today which is evidenced by his stunning forms and complementary designs. The jar is signed on the bottom, “R. M. Patricio”.