Qoyawayma, Al – Large Wide Jar with Dancers and Jaguar
Al Qoyawayma often creates vessels based on ancient forms. This large jar is based on the Gila River forms which were wide and had a low, sharp shoulder. On this jar, it is fully polished and Al has created a scene with figurative dancers which are pushed out from the inside in the clay. The jar has a procession of dancers encircling the piece. Each is matte while the area around is polished. The last figure is a small boy and as the jar is turned, he is being chased by a jaguar! The form and design are both humorous and charming on this piece. It is signed on the bottom.