Romero, Diego – “Chongo Stone Heads” Jar
Diego Romero was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic styles of Pueblo pottery. He returned to a pre-contact style of Mimbres culture (1100’s in southwest New Mexico) and was inspired by the open bowl shape. This has been his “canvas” throughout most of his career. However, he has also created a few vessels over time, which are also based on ancient shapes. This jar has a classic Chaco period form with the round body and elongated neck. The design here is derived from his Chongo character, who populates much of the iconography of his pottery. Here, Chongo is out at night among giant Chongo heads, much like at Easter Island. Here Chongo is standing among them with coyote in the background. Note the stars at night, and maybe even a UFO!? It is signed on the bottom, “Chongo Made Me, Chongo Painted Me”. The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The jar has a round base, so we had a metal museum mount made for it to sit on, which gives it a very modern appearance!