Patricio, Robert – Long Neck Jar with Birds, Deer and Interlocking Stars
Robert Patricio is known for his classic forms and use of both traditional and pre-historic imagery. The shape of this jar is inspired by the work of his great-aunt, Marie Z. Chino. The jar has a long neck and a round shoulder. The neck of the jar has three rows of fine-line interlocking stars. The eight-sided stars interlock with the four-sided stars. Around the body of the jar are larger red heartline deer and Acoma-style birds or parrots. Each of deer and birds are tightly painted and highlighted with additional clay slips. The heartline deer is a classic design in Acoma pottery with the heartline representing the heart, or spirit, of the deer. The base of the jar is slipped red. 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”. There is also a photo of him holding the jar.