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Three Dances Water Jar

Elizabeth Toya Medina, Marcellus Medina

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Identities: A New Look, American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Beyond Borders and Boundaries, 20th and 21st Centuries, 5th Floor
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.
MEDIUM Clay, pigment
DATES ca. 1980
DIMENSIONS 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)
SIGNATURE Signed, on bottom: "Elizabeth Medina"; glyph: "Marcellus Medina".
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 2012.26.3
CREDIT LINE Gift of Joann and Sidney Rosoff
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, CUR.2012.26.3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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