Williams, Lorraine – Tall Square Neck Jar with 8 Yei Figures
This is one of the larger pieces we have had recently by Lorraine Williams. This jar has a sharp shoulder and a square neck. The neck of the jar has eight Yei figures etched into the clay. The Yei figures are often seen in 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. Above the Yei figures are cloud designs. Below is a river pattern and two bands of rug designs. The jar is very fully designed and complex for the size. 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 pine 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 been featured in books such as “A Legacy of Generations”. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “LW”.