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Santa Clara Mountain Lion Red Sgraffito Jar - 1981

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Joseph Lonewolf (1932 – 2014)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 2-⅛” high x 1-⅝” diameter
  • Item # C3999i
  • Price: $2,000.00

Joseph Lonewolf was the nephew of Margaret Tafoya. As a child he watched his mother Agapita Silva Tafoya make pottery. After working as a machinist for years, he returned to his home at Santa Clara and began to make pottery. He began using the sgraffito technique, incising petroglyph designs that he remembered from childhood walks in the hills above his home, as well as Mimbres pottery designs.

A common theme in Mimbres pottery is animal scenes. Joseph Lonewolf has used the small canvas of a highly polished red seed jar to recreate an animal hunting scene. On a carved cliff, a mountain lion stands ready to pounce on an unsuspecting rabbit. The mountain lion’s body is decorated with three separate geometric panels. His long, curved tail signals he is ready to jump onto a small desert hare. The rabbit was one of the most common motifs used by the ancient Mimbrenos. This rabbit is hopping on his hind legs unaware he may soon be the mountain lion’s dinner.  

If any potter mastered the technique of sgraffito pottery, it must be agreed that it was Joseph Lonewolf.  He created the finest designs in sgraffito ever put on the face of a pottery vessel.

It is signed and dated on the bottom with Lonewolf’s name, hallmark and the date, 1981.


Condition: this Santa Clara Mountain Lion Red Sgraffito Jar - 1981, is in excellent condition.  There there are no scratches or defects.

Provenance: From the estate of a former client and collector from Colorado

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

Joseph Lonewolf (1932 – 2014)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay, pigment
  • Size: 2-⅛” high x 1-⅝” diameter
  • Item # C3999i
  • Price: $2,000.00

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