Al Qöyawayma “Corn Maiden” Bronze Sculpture

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AL Qöyawayma, Hopi Pueblo Artist
  • Category: Bronze Sculpture and other Carving
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: bronze sculpture with wood pedestal
  • Size:
    12” height x 5-½” width x 5-⅝” depth
    (measurements include wooden base)
  • Item # C4662A
  • Price: $4500

Corn Maiden is a bronze sculpture by Hopi Pueblo artist Al Qöyawayma. This example has a gorgeous golden yellow tone at its top. Down below, it's a soft red. In between, the colors blend beautifully. It was completed in 1985 in an edition of 30, of which this piece is number 22. Interestingly, there is variation in the coloration of the bronzes.

This bronze presents a modern, abstract depiction of one of the Hopi culture's most significant figures. Qöyawayma offers an elegant, robed form, with an oval-shaped hole appearing where the face might be. An element below the hole echoes the oval-shaped form, but it is raised and adorned with a complex pattern of small carved rectangles, forming a corn design. This element is the only direct reference to the physical world; the piece remains mysterious and beautiful.

The bronze is signed Qöyawayma, dated 1985, and numbered 22/30 near the base. It is mounted on a circular wood base.

Alfred H. Qöyawayma (1938- ) is one of the most accomplished contemporary Hopi artists. He entered the art scene around 1970 and is still actively creating. Qöyawayma attributes his pottery style to his aunt, the famous Hopi potter Elizabeth White (or "Polingaysi Qöyawayma''). It was she who started the all-natural clay pottery without slip and with the appliqué corn design. "Al Qöyawayma is a ceramic artist, potter, and bronze sculptor. He's also a thinker of great thoughts, a Fulbright Scholar, a co-founder of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, a featured artist at the Smithsonian's permanent Archives of American Art as well as a physicist, astronomer, anthropologist, engineer, and educator." (Indian Country Today)


Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Al Qöyawayma "Corn Maiden" Bronze Sculpture is from a private collection

Reference: The Mind-blowing Pottery of Hopi Artist Al Qoyawayma, Indian Country Today, Lee Allen

TAGS: Western Sculpture: BronzeContemporary PotteryHopi PuebloElizabeth White - PolingaysiAL Qöyawayma

 

AL Qöyawayma, Hopi Pueblo Artist
  • Category: Bronze Sculpture and other Carving
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: bronze sculpture with wood pedestal
  • Size:
    12” height x 5-½” width x 5-⅝” depth
    (measurements include wooden base)
  • Item # C4662A
  • Price: $4500

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