Qoyawayma, Al – Polychrome Serenity Jar with Cliff Dwelling & Bird Figure
Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Serenity vase”. It is a distinctive form with the two overlapping spouts. One spout is polished and the other is matte. This polychrome jar is carved with a bird figure holding an ear of corn on one side. The figure has four different clay colors used for the designs. The opposite side has a pueblo cliff dwelling that has areas that are recessed and the entire surface is fully carved! Note the various shapes of the doors with the keyhole, square the even ones with the fallen beams! If you step back the overall shape of the two sections creates Al’s “doorway with a fallen arch” It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Al Qoyawayma”.