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.
11 5/8 x 12 3/4 x 6 3/4 in. (29.5 x 32.4 x 17.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed: "Potter Sofia Medina decorator Rafael Medina".
Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff
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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)
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