Three Dances Water Jar
Elizabeth Toya Medina, Marcellus Medina
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries
This water jar of classic Pueblo shape by Marcellus and Elizabeth Toya Medina, a husband and wife team, illustrates both the old and the new. Circling the jar, in the background, are depictions of traditional masked Kachinas who perform in religious ceremonies. Bursting into dance in front of these figures are naturalistic, muscled, male Pueblo dancers in very active dance positions, also wearing traditional regalia.
6 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (15.9 x 19.1 cm)
Diameter at narrowest point: 4 1/4 in. (10.8 cm) (show scale)
Signed, on bottom: "Elizabeth Medina"; glyph: "Marcellus Medina".
Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff
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Elizabeth Toya Medina (Walatowa (Jemez Pueblo), Native American, born 1956). Three Dances Water Jar, ca. 1980. Clay, pigment, 6 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (15.9 x 19.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff, 2012.26.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.2012.26.3.jpg)
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