Pot with Incised Decoration

  • Rose Williams, Pot with Incised Decoration, ca. 1992, fired and incised clay with piñon pitch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1997.124.183

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Rose Williams makes traditional Navajo pottery, with no decoration apart from a biyo---a small circle of design just below the rim. The break in the biyo represents "the way out" for the spirit, and Navajo potters consider it bad luck to close this circle. The dark, smoky patterns on the surface of this pot are known as "fire clouds," and appear when clay is fired in an outdoor pit.

Title
Pot with Incised Decoration
Artist
Date
ca. 1992
Location
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 10 in. (39.1 x 25.4 cm) diam.
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired and incised clay with piñon pitch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Object – other – vase
Object Number
1997.124.183
Palette
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