Trujillo, Mary – Clay Figure with Bow and Arrow
Mary Tapia Trujillo (b. 1937) was originally from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She married Leonard Trujillo (1936- 2017) of Cochiti Pueblo. She learned to make storyteller figurines from her mother-in-law, Helen Cordero. Her pieces are in a very classic Cochiti style. This male figure is coil built and painted with wild spinach (black) and red clay slips. There is wonderful detail in the shirt! The figure is holding a bow and has a leather quiver with a single wooden arrow. Leonard made the bow and quiver. It is an unusual piece of her figurative pottery. It is signed on the bottom, “Mary Trujillo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.