Sanchez, Russell – Wide Jar with Old Style Birds and Waterfall Lid
This is a distinctive shape jar by Russell Sanchez. The jar is wide and with a very flat top. The jar is fully polished and the shoulder of the jar is designed with a checkerboard snow pattern using a mica clay slip. The top is fully stone polished and designed with stylized bird patterns. The birds on this jar certainly have a similarity to those found on Sikyatki pottery, but they are also found on older San Ildefonso pottery as well! The two birds are different and designed with additional patterns for their bodies. The tails of the birds are inset with hematite stones while the center of the bodies have a high-grade Kingman turquoise. As old as the designs are, Russell has presented them in a manner that seems very modern! The lid is highly carved and has “waterfall” ribbed shape with a single piece of turquoise on the top of the lid. The base of the lid is polished with the ribs are slipped with mica. The jar is fired a deep black and the mica squares are very metallic in appearance. There are four inset bands of hei-shi beads around the jar. The bottom of the bowl has the classic indention of traditional San Ildefonso water jars. Russell uses these historic elements to keep them alive on his contemporary pottery. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘Russell”.
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