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Bean Pot with Incised Corn Maiden Figures

1987 Faye Tso Born: Tuba City, Arizona 1933 fired clay with piñon pitch 14 3/4 x 10 in. (37.5 x 25.4 cm) diam. Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1997.124.176 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, 28B

Luce Center Label

Faye Tso decorates many of her pieces with Ye’i (deity figures), corn maidens, and ceremonial scenes to express Navajo beliefs and rituals. She experiments with different clay slips, and often applies the dung of sheep, goats, and cattle to the clay during the firing process (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994). This changes the color of the clay from a golden orange to a deep brown or black.


Ethnic - Indian - Navajo

Figure group - female

decorative arts - ceramic

folk art


plant material

About Faye Tso

Born: Tuba City, Arizona 1933

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