Tenorio, Robert – Large 15″ Jar with Sun Designs and Deer (1999)
This is a large classic Kewa style jar by Robert Tenorio. The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) on a red clay slip base. The jar has a high shoulder and a sloping neck. Around the neck are leaf and rain designs. Around the center are large sun and plant patterns. Of course, the fascinating part of this jar is something for which Robert is well known, painting the inside of the vessel! This large jar is painted on the inside with six deer. There is a small impressed hand design and a sun and star painted in red. It’s the “surprise” of looking inside the jar that is so traditional on the outside and yet modernist on the inside. The jar is from 1999. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.