Qoyawayma, Al – “Hano Mana and Architectural Design” Wish Jar

3.75"w x 6.5"h

$ 3,900.00

Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Wish Pot”.  It is a distinctive form and one that was inspired by the pottery of his aunt Elizabeth White.  This new jar has an intricately designed Pueblo ruin wall.  In the Pueblo section, there is a keyhole doorway along with square windows.  To the left, there is a single-window which represents a doorway where a beam has fallen down.  When you step back and look at the entire outline of the Pueblo relief you can see how it is also in the shape of the doorway with the fallen beam (which is the diagonal line!).  The Pueblo section is not just carved into the clay, but also slipped with various clays.   The opposite side has a Hano Mana Katsina with a Maori design in repousse (i.e. pushed out in the clay from the inside).  In  1991 Al was a Fulbright Fellow with the Maori and South Pacific Arts/Te Waka Toi.  This jar has a Hano Mana katsina on the left and a Maori tribal symbol on the right.  The figure and design are fully polished tan, red, orange, and blue/green.  It is a visually striking use of color that accentuated the sharp and rounded shapes the design.  Each of the five different clay colors is stone polished. The opposite side has   Note the various depths of carving in the design!  The body of the piece is fully polished tan. It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay “Al Qoyawayma”.