Pot with Dancers with Headdresses and Rattles

  • Faye Tso, Pot with Dancers with Headdresses and Rattles, ca. 1985, plant material, clay, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1997.124.177

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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.

Title
Pot with Dancers with Headdresses and Rattles
Artists
Date
ca. 1985
On View
Dimensions
22 x 18 7/8 x 18 1/2 in. (55.9 x 47.9 x 47.0 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

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

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Classifications
Keywords
  • Figure group – male
  • Ethnic – Indian – Navajo
  • Ceremony – dance
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
Object Number
1997.124.177
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