Romero, Diego – “Terms of Endearment” Bowl
10.5" diameter x 5" deep
Diego Romero was one of the potters around 1990 to break away from more classic shapes and styles of 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. The imagery evolves, changes and tells a narrative of his life and interests. This very intricately painted bowl is entitled, “Terms of Endearment“. It has the center panel with Chongo giving the girl a present and her shocked reaction. Diego used the green slip for the color on the rim and more importantly to give the box a green-ish coloration of it being from Tiffany’s! Note as well all the detail in the painting. The pottery on the pottery in the nicho and on the shelf, the logs in the oven are all highly detailed. The interior of the bowl is then painted with a gold lustre which contrasts with the black and green. The fine-line imagery is all derived from Mimbres iconography. It is a charming and and visually striking piece by Diego. The bowl is in perfect condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.