Youngblood, Nancy – Jar with 32 Feathers, Avanyu & Lid
This is a striking lidded jar by Nancy Youngblood. The jar is deeply carved with a water serpent around the body of the piece. Note the delicate swirls and sharp edges carved into the clay to create the body of the avanyu. Around the neck of the jar are 32 deeply carved feathers. Each feather and the avanyu are all stone polished to create a stunning shine! There is a sense of movement in the design as the feathers seems to swirl around the piece. The lid is a loop which is fully polished! It is reminiscent of some of Nancy’s early work when she would create miniatures with very thin handles! The lid fits perfectly into the neck of the jar. The entire piece is traditionally fired to a dark black and it is signed on the bottom in the clay.