Trujillo, Crucita – Incised Bowl with Comanche Dancers (1930’s)
Crucita Trujillo was one of the original Eight San Juan potters who revived the art form in the 1930s. This bowl is incised with the Comanche Dancers and cloud motifs. The Comanche Dance is one of the dances done at the Pueblo during their Feast Day. The bowl is polished red on the rim and base and traditionally fired. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Crucita Trujillo”. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
Crucita Trujillo was one of the original Eight San Juan potters who revived the art form in the 1930s. The Pueblo was renown for their pottery but by about 1890 there were no potters left. In 1930 Regina Cata organized a pottery study group at San Juan Pueblo with the intent of revitalizing pottery production. The group studied ancient potsherds of wares made at San Juan in earlier times and selected Potsuwi‘i Incised Ware (1450-1500) as a basis for a contemporary pottery type.