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Frances Pino Torivio was known as one of the revivalist Acoma potters in the 1970s. As one of the Matriarchs of the pueblo, she was influential in teaching other potters at that time. This is a classic water jar from the 1970s. It is coil-built and painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay slip. The jar is tightly painted with large star patterns in three medallions. They are each surrounded by rain and field designs. The bottom is slipped red and indented in the classic Acoma style. The jar was traditionally fired, which created slight color variations on the surface. It is one of the largest pieces of her work we have had come back to the gallery. The jar is signed, “Frances Torivio” on the bottom. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.