Sunn, Mabel – Bowl with Snake Design (1970’s)
This is an iconic bowl by Mabel Sunn from the 1970’s. The piece is made using a paddle-and-anvil technique and twice fired. The black designs are derived from a mixture of mesquite sap and cactus spines. Today, there are very few Maricopa artists making pottery. Mabel was well-known for the relief snakes on her pottery. This piece has the bowl polished red with the snake in relief and polished tan. The snake has a checkerboard design painted black and the head is also black. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, ‘M. Sunn”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.