Tenorio, Robert – Small Jar with Birds and Clouds

3.25"w x 3"h

$ 150.00

This is a small storage jar by Robert Tenorio.  The jar is painted with wild spinach (black) and red clay slip.  The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. The designs around the shoulder are clouds and plant patterns.  Around the side are birds and rain clouds.  Robert has taken inspiration from imagery seen on Santo Domingo pottery from the 1900s and earlier.  Note as well that the jar has a “spirit line” or a break in the painted line around the rim.  This goes back to historic Kewa pottery when the artist would use the spirit line to release their spirit or connection from the vessel.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Robert Tenorio, Kewa”.