This is an incredibly special new jar by Ida. I had asked her to make this squared off shape and paint her traditional Navajo Male Yei figures. The work on this jar is so uniquely Ida. She uses imagery from Navajo sand paintings and translates them onto her clay vessels. Her designs are derived from her Navajo heritage. She prefers to dig her clay on the Navajo reservation. There is such a warm feel and glow to this jar. I could not be more pleased with the end result. She explained that there are four Sacred Corn stalks, each one a different color: black, white, blue, and red. These stand for the Four Directions. The stepped black area represents clouds with the white circle being stars. Around the opening of the square neck is the traditional Navajo sash belt design. Notice the stippling on the base of the jar.

One of my favorite aspects of my job is being able to be in consultation with an artist as they create their beautiful work. Ida is a perfect example of how well this works.

5” high by 4 ¾” wide

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