Pot with Figurative Decoration

  • Faye Tso, Pot with Figurative Decoration, ca. 1992, fired clay with piñon pitch, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson, 1997.124.178

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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 Figurative Decoration
Artist
Date
ca. 1992
On View
Dimensions
20 5/8 x 15 5/8 in. (52.4 x 39.7 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 clay with piñon pitch
Classifications
Keywords
  • Dress – ethnic – Indian dress
  • Ethnic – Indian – Navajo
  • Figure group – male
Object Number
1997.124.178
Palette
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