Qoyawayma, Al – Mesa Verde Architectural Jar with Three Kivas
This is a spectacular architectural piece from Al Qoyawayma. It is one of his 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. Beyond the technical, this large bowl has a very intricate designed Mesa Verde series of buildings. There are four tall towers in the background, which are square in shape. Against the back as well is a long wall,which is beautifully incised and painted with clay slips to give the “bricks” a more realistic appearance. In the front of the piece are three kivas. A kiva is a ceremonial round room which historically was built into the ground. There are two covered kivas and one to the right which is missing the roof. The other two have small ladders which lead down into the kiva. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay. Al’s architectural pieces are among his most iconic works!