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Cloud Society Praying for Peace on Earth, Water Jar

Sofia Medina, Rafael Medina

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
Sofia Medina was taught to make pottery by well-known Zia potter Trinidad Medina, the grandmother of her husband, Rafael. Painter Rafael Medina worked primarily in the flat style encouraged by the Santa Fe Indian School. However, in the 1970s, when he and Sofia began working together on pottery, Rafael’s figures became more naturalistic, as seen in the muscled dancers on this black clay jar. The decoration, painted in white slip, juxtaposes the fluid motions of ceremonial dancers with geometric patterns inspired by traditional Zia pottery.
MEDIUM Clay, pigment
DATES 1970s
DIMENSIONS 11 5/8 x 12 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (29.5 x 32.4 x 17.1 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed: "Potter Sofia Medina decorator Rafael Medina".
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.26.2
CREDIT LINE Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Sofia Medina (Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo), 1932-2010). Cloud Society Praying for Peace on Earth, Water Jar, 1970s. Clay, pigment, 11 5/8 x 12 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (29.5 x 32.4 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff, 2012.26.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2012.26.2_view2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2012.26.2_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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Sofia Medina (Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo), 1932-2010). <em>Cloud Society Praying for Peace on Earth, Water Jar</em>, 1970s. Clay, pigment, 11 5/8 x 12 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (29.5 x 32.4 x 17.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff, 2012.26.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2012.26.2_view2.jpg)