Sanchez, Russell – Gunmetal Mountain Lion Lidded Box
3"w x 4"w x 4.25"h (w/ lid)
This is a stunning gunmetal fired box by Russell Sanchez. The shape is inspired by the historic San Ildefonso boxes from the 1920’s. The box is fully polished and fired a gunmetal coloration. On two of the sides, there are mountain lions etched away. Each mountain lion has an inset piece of Lone Mountain Turquoise. On the ends are mountain designs with inset hematite beads. Around the base are two bands of hematite hei-shi beads. The surround a checkerboard band which is matte and mica slipped. The lid is a mountain lion lying down and it is fully polished while the base of the lid is mica. The style of the mountain lion is reminiscent of the stone mountain lions in Bandolier (see last photo). Russell says here that the mountain lions represent the twin war gods who protect the village. The box has both a striking historic appearance and a contemporary feel. The box is signed on the bottom, as is the lid.
Russell Sanchez: Contemporizing the Pueblo Pottery Past