Qoyawayma, Al – Large Mesa Verde Jar with Seven Kivas
This is a spectacular large piece from Al Qoyawayma. It is one of his architectural pieces from his “Mesa Verde” series. The oval area is pushed into the clay and then the building is pushed back out from the inside of the bowl. This piece is one of his more complex works. There are towers in the background and in the front are seven kivas. Each is highlighted with vigas and windows. There is even a building to the front left and a stairway down to the front of the bowl! It is quite extraordinary in complexity and size. Note how Al etches and then paints all the “bricks” that make up the buildings! This is one of the largest and most complex architectural pieces we have had from Al in several years. Al’s architectural pieces are among his most iconic works. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. It is from the late 1990’s and it is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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