Vallo, Leland – Jar with Mimbres Lizards and Bears (1990s)
Leland Vallo was a son of noted potter, Marie Vallo, and the brother of Kim Vallo. He learned to make pottery from his mother and began making pottery in 1991. This jar is coil built, thin-walled, and intricately painted. There are four medallions with Mimbres style lizards and Pueblo bears. Around the neck are plant and rain designs. The remainder of the jar is fully designed. Below the shoulder is a classic Tularosa Swirl design in black-and-white. The jar is signed on the bottom, “L. Vallo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.