Speckled Rock, Paul – Red Bear with Feathers (1991)
Paul Speckled Rock is a grandson of Severa Tafoya but learned to make pottery from Joseph Lonewolf (his then father-in-law). Paul’s son Adam Speckled Rock has made pottery, as well as his niece, Jennifer Tafoya. This is one of his iconic clay bears. He began making them in the early 1980’s and they remained one of his most famous forms. The bear is more modernized and this one is polished and fired red. There is a geometric heartline on the piece which he has highlighted with a blue clay slip. There is a stone arrowhead on the back and three parrot feathers. This is the bear’s “medicine bundle”. The piece is signed on the inside of the back leg, “Paul Speckled Rock, 1991”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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