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Singing Maiden

ca. 1984 Helen Cordero Born: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1915 Died: 1994 fired clay, with slip and beeweed 10 x 5 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (25.4 x 14.3 x 18.4 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by John B. Turner 1997.124.149 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 26B


Luce Center Quote

“His eyes are closed because he’s thinking; his mouth is open because he’s singing.” Helen Cordero, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990

Luce Center Label

Helen Cordero’s figures always have closed eyes and open mouths, as if they are singing traditional Cochiti songs. She carved small figures of children climbing around the storytellers, clinging to their clothing and listening intently to show the importance of passing down Cochiti customs to the next generation (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990).

Keywords

Figure group - female and child

Recreation - leisure - singing

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art

clay

plant material

About Helen Cordero

Born: Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico 1915 Died: 1994

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