Cochiti Pueblo Very Large Storyteller Figurine with 30 Children

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Dorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999)
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 14-½” tall
  • Item # C4094A
  • Price: $1,600.00

Dorothy Trujillo was one of the early potters to make storyteller figurines.  She was from a family of outstanding potters. Her sisters, Mary E. Toya (b.1934), Marie Edna Coriz (b.1946), Alma Loretto Concha Maestas (b.1941), Fannie Loretto Wall (b.1953), and Lenora Lupe Lucero (b.1943), are famous potters as well.  Interestingly, her sisters also married out of their native pueblo and moved to the pueblo of their spouses.

Dorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999) signature.In true Cochiti Pueblo tradition, Dorothy made her figurine with eyes closed and mouth open. The closed eyes represent “thought” and the open mouth represents “storytelling.” The adult figurine is beautifully painted with a design on the back and wearing a squash blossom necklace.  There are 30 children spread over the adult figure. Two of the children are wearing Plains Indian headdresses. The figurine is signed with the artist’s name.


Condition: this Cochiti Pueblo Very Large Storyteller Figurine with 30 Children is in very good condition after repairs to several of the children who had broken arms.

Provenance: from the collection of a client from Albuquerque

Recommended Reading: The Pueblo Storyteller: Development of a Figurative Ceramic Tradition by Barbara Babcock, Ph.D.

Close up view of the storyteller figurine.


Dorothy Loretto Trujillo (1932 - 1999)
  • Category: Figurines
  • Origin: Cochiti Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 14-½” tall
  • Item # C4094A
  • Price: $1,600.00

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