Qoyawayma, Al – Serenity Jar with Cliff Dwelling, Butterfly and Lightning
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 mural style butterfly figure on one side. The figure is polished with two different red clay slips along with a dark brown clay in the background carved areas. In the space above the figure are lightning and star designs. It has various layers of carving which give added depth to the design and the various colors are all from different clay slips. The opposite side has a pueblo cliff dwelling which has areas which 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! It is a classic piece with a striking balance of designs and form. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay.