Tenorio, Robert – Large Polychrome Water Jar with Sun Designs
This is a large water jar by Robert Tenorio. It is coil-built and painted with wild spinach (black) and a red clay slips on a white clay background. The jar has a high shoulder and elongated neck with a slightly turned-out rim. The rim of the jar has a rain design. Around the neck are lighting and rain patterns, either highlighted in red clay or with thin lines. Around the body of the jar are plant and rain designs and then the classic sun imagery. The sun patterns are inspired by the imagery from the late 1800s Acoma pottery (see last photo). This sun design was used by Tonita Roybal (San Ildefonso) in the 1920s and now, again, by Robert in the 2000s. The jar was traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.