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Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué

1988 Myra Tso Kaye Born: Tuba City, Arizona 1961 fired clay with piñon pitch 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (27.3 x 16.5 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock 1997.124.158 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Quote

"When I work with the yellow and gray clay from Black Mesa, I get a spiritual high, and the high comes only at my mother's house in Tuba City, and only when I'm working in the Navajo Way." Myra Tso Kaye, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994

Luce Center Label

Navajo artist Myra Tso Kaye learned to make pottery from her mother, Faye Tso, who is also represented in this collection (Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector’s Guide, 1996). Inspired by her mother's work, Kaye decorated this cooking pot with an ear of corn as a symbol of Navajo beliefs and rituals.


Object - vegetable - corn

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


About Myra Tso Kaye

Born: Tuba City, Arizona 1961

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