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Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué

ca. 1984 Penny Emerson Born: Window Rock, Arizona 1943 fired clay with piñon pitch 12 7/8 x 11 1/2 in. (32.7 x 29.2 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.153 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

Navajo artist Penny Emerson used the traditional Native American symbol of an ear of corn to decorate this large jar. Corn is a staple of the diet in the American Southwest, and Navajos regard it as the beginning of all life. Potters also use corncobs to polish the clay after it is fired.


Object - vegetable - corn

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


About Penny Emerson

Born: Window Rock, Arizona 1943