Qoyawayma, Al – “Eagle’s Nest: Kwaau Takki” Tall Jar
This is a spectacular large piece from Al Qoyawayma. It is one of his architectural pieces from 1996 entitled, “Eagle’s Nest: Kwaau Takki”. It is coil built and the pueblo scene is recessed into the jar! The buildings are amazing with exceptional detail. What’s more fascinating are the cliffs behind the buildings, which are also textured. The buildings are created by pushing into the clay and then the building is pushed back out from the inside of the bowl. This piece has three buildings in the cliff wall. Each is highlighted with vigas, and windows. Note how Al etches and then paints all the “bricks” that make up the buildings! This is one of the few he has made in this shape and it certainly captures the feel of the Pueblo buildings. Al’s architectural pieces are among his most iconic works. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.