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Cochiti Pueblo Standing Clown Pottery Figurine

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Unidentified Artist
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment, corn husk
  • Size: 9-3/8” height x 5-1/4” width
  • Item # 25823
  • Price: $750.00

Cochiti Pueblo potters are recognized as the 20th century’s most adept potters at making humorous figurines, whether they are of people or animals. This Koosa clown has a large nose, big eyes, wide open mouth and is holding his arms up in the air. The cornhusks on top of his head represent his hair.

 

Non-native visitors are not permitted to witness dances at Cochiti Pueblo when such clowns are present.  It is for this reason, probably, that this figurine is not signed with the name of the artist.  There may have been restrictions on such figurines being made for sale so the potter may have chosen not to tempt fate.

 

The figurine closely resembles other pottery figurines made by Damacia Cordero and I can only assume that she made this one.

 

Condition: This piece has had his left leg broken at the ankle and glued.

Recommended Reading: Clay People: Pueblo Indian Figurative Traditions by Jonathan Batkin.  This book is currently not available from Adobe Gallery

Provenance: from the collection of a family from Albuquerque

Close up view of the clown's face.

Unidentified Artist
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment, corn husk
  • Size: 9-3/8” height x 5-1/4” width
  • Item # 25823
  • Price: $750.00

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