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Santa Clara Mimbres Creatures Red Sgraffito Jar-1984 [SOLD]

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Joseph Lonewolf (1932 – 2014)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: Miniature: 1-¾” high x 1-½” diameter
  • Item # C3999J
  • SOLD

Joseph Lonewolf, nephew of Margaret Tafoya, was born in 1932 and was from Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico. Lonewolf started a career as a mechanic and then became a trained machinist, making precision parts with fine engraving.  It was this skill that he used to transfer his talent from mechanical objects to precision-carved pottery.

The Mimbres culture flourished in Southwestern New Mexico from 1000 to 1250 AD. These mysterious ancient people are known for their exquisite pottery designs depicting human, animal and geometric themes. Joseph Lonewolf studied these designs and applied his interpretations to his small, perfectly shaped and polished seed jars.

Joseph Lonewolf (1932-2014) signature and 1984 date.This small seed jar is crawling with Mimbres scorpions and lizards. Each desert creature is uniquely rendered with the most precise detail. One larger lizard, with multiple green spots, runs below a fearsome scorpion whose body is decorated with geometric shapes. No less than six Mimbres-inspired animals inhabit two inches of seed pot. Each one is individual, with bodies colored in a combination of red and green slips.  This small masterpiece was hand formed, polished and carved by Joseph Lonewolf in 1984.


Condition: this Santa Clara Mimbres Creatures Red Sgraffito Jar-1984 is in excellent condition, there are no scratches or defects

Provenance: From the estate of a former client from Colorado

Recommended Reading:  The Pottery Jewels of Joseph Lonewolf by The Dandick Co.

Joseph Lonewolf (1932 – 2014)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: Miniature: 1-¾” high x 1-½” diameter
  • Item # C3999J
  • SOLD

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