Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué

  • Myra Tso Kaye, Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué, 1988, fired clay with piñon pitch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock, 1997.124.158

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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.

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"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
Title
Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué
Artist
Date
1988
On View
Dimensions
10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (27.3 x 16.5 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired clay with piñon pitch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – vegetable – corn
Object Number
1997.124.158
Palette
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