Singing Maiden

  • Helen Cordero, Singing Maiden, ca. 1984, fired clay, with slip and beeweed, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by John B. Turner, 1997.124.149

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Helen Cordero’s figures always have closed eyes and open mouths, as if they are singing traditional Cochiti songs. She carved small figures of children climbing around the storytellers, clinging to their clothing and listening intently to show the importance of passing down Cochiti customs to the next generation (Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990).

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“His eyes are closed because he’s thinking; his mouth is open because he’s singing.” Helen Cordero, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, Museum of American Folk Art Encyclopedia, 1990

Title
Singing Maiden
Artist
Date
ca. 1984
On View
Dimensions
10 x 5 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (25.4 x 14.3 x 18.4 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by John B. Turner

Mediums
Mediums Description
fired clay, with slip and beeweed
Classifications
Keywords
  • Performing arts – music – voice
  • Figure group – female and child
Object Number
1997.124.149
Palette
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