Truly breathtaking clay pottery handcrafted by Elizabeth and Marcellus Medina showcasing their talent as master potters of the Zia Pueblo. This exquisite piece comes to life using traditional methods of gathering and processing natural clay, vegetal and mineral paints, and through traditional firing methods. The Medinas work in the traditional polychrome style that Zia Pueblo is known for and add highly detailed and meaningful designs which shares the cultural heritage of the couple.
Mixing past and present this vase incorporates two unique style of rain birds. From the Medina's, 'one style was painted by our ancestors from the early 1700's until the 1800's and the other (more modern bird) appeared from the late 1800's and is still used today.' The rain bird is an important symbol and is often seen alongside symbols of wind, rain, and lightening; a prayer for much needed rain.
This expertly crafted vase is a timeless work of meaningful fine art from Zia Pueblo's premier potters. Vase measures 7-1/2" long and wide and stands 10-1/2" tall. Comes with certificate of authenticity.
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At the Indian Pueblo Store we guarantee that your purchase is an original and authentic work handcrafted by Native American artists as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. We ask our artists to complete an extensive certification process, providing a CIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) card and other documentation of their Native American heritage. Our team of experts carefully inspects every product to guarantee it is handcrafted using traditional, sustainable processes and natural materials of only the highest quality. We record the place and date of each purchase and pride ourselves in paying a fair price that allows artists to make a living practicing their craft. At a time when many commercially-made products are being sold as handcrafted Native American art, our in-depth purchase process allows us to guarantee the authenticity of every unique piece of fine art we offer. For more than 35 years, we have made it a priority to visit artists in their studio or home to purchase their latest handcrafted pieces and learn about their work. We have developed lasting relationships with artists, as well as dealers and collectors, and we take pride in being a trusted destination for fine Native American art.