Qoyawayma, Al – Large Water Jar with Four Flute Players (1986)
Al Qoyawayma is known for innovative pottery. This piece is from 1986 and is a classic wide shoulder water jar. The jar is stone polished in a vertical manner, which historically is often called an “onion skin” polish. The jar has four flute players as the design and they are each created in repousse, which is to say that they are pushed out from the inside (not applique). Al has often used the Flute Player, or Kokopelli, as a design on his pottery. It is an ancient figure often found on rock art throughout the southwest and “represents wisdom, goodness, and fertility.” The jar is signed on the bottom. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.