Suina, Aurelia Montoya – Storyteller with 8 Children (1974)
Aurelia Suina (1912-1997) was a daughter of Ioalido Montoya and Victoria Quintana. She began making pottery in the 1960’s and is known for her storyteller and classic Cochiti pottery. Her work can be found in the Peabody Museum at Harvard University and the Laboratory of Anthropology of the Museum of New Mexico. While less prolific than many of the other potters of her time, the work is all traditionally built and painted with native clay slips and wild spinach (black). This storyteller was originally purchased in1974. It is a traditional style of figure and there are eight children. Each of the children is in a different position, giving the piece a charming appearance. Note as well the painting of the squash blossom necklace and the belt. The figure is signed on the bottom, “Auerlia Suina”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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