Williams, Lorraine – 10″ Tall Water Jar with Four Yei Figures
This is a striking large water jar by Lorraine Williams. The jar has a sharp shoulder and an elongated neck. The opening of the jar is square. The jar has a cloud pattern around the rim. The neck of the jar has four Yei Figures. They are separated by star patterns. 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 (tan). The 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”.