Peynetsa, Anderson – Duck Figure with Four Heartline Deer
Anderson Peynetsa is known for his vessels as well as his figurative pottery. This duck figure is one of his technically amazing pieces. The figure is opened at the top and has extended pieces of clay at the head and tail. It is fully painted but it is the use of four heartline deer around the body of the piece which is so striking. They are painted in his own style with the elongated necks. Anderson has an elegant and modern stylization of the heartline deer on his pottery. The heartline deer is a classic image in Zuni pottery, with the heart representing the strength and spirit of the animal. It is fascinating how a piece can appear both modern and yet reflect cultural history and charm. The coloration is classic Zuni black-and-white. The piece is complex in both form and design. It is signed on the bottom in the clay.