Williams, Lorraine – 10″ Tall Jar with Four Yei Figures and Corrugated Neck
This is a tall cylindrical jar by Lorraine Williams. The jar has a high shoulder and a short neck. Above the neck the jar is etched in a triangular corrugated style in the shape of a star pattern. The shoulder also has a corrugated band. On the sides of the jar there are four Yei figures. Each is incised into the clay. The Yei figures are often seen in Navajo sandpaintings and rugs. “Yei” (pronounced “yay”) is the Navajo name for the benevolent supernatural beings who bring their healing power to medicinal ceremonies still performed today. The jar itself is the natural color of the clay. Various colors are added to the piece before the firing. The jar is traditionally fired and then after the firing, it is covered in pinon pitch, which is typical of all traditional Navajo pottery harkening back to when it was utilitarian. Lorraine has won numerous awards for her pottery and has been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LW”.