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an online catalog of 500+ pieces of Native American artwork owned by a private collector, described by Cowboys & Indians Magazine as “a valuable resource for collectors, galleries, and scholars.”

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2023-05  Damaged pot with abstract design

2023-05 Damaged pot with abstract design

This seedpot is exuberance. Abstract forms in black, red, white and grey swirl over its surface forming a dramatic crazy quilt. There are elements of Hopi design here, but the influence of Miro predominates....

2023-04  Two-shard pot with man lizard

2023-04 Two-shard pot with man lizard

The shards are 0.3125” thick. This pot consists of two shards displaying the results of shapeshifting between a lizard and a man. There is something both unsettling and alluring about bodily transformations...

2023-03  Two-shard pot with fish man

2023-03 Two-shard pot with fish man

The shards are 0.25” thick. This is a two-shard pot displaying an arresting image of shapeshifting between a fish and a man, the direction of metamorphosis being unclear. Pueblo mythology describes...

2023-02  Warrior mask and the detritus of memory

2023-02 Warrior mask and the detritus of memory

This is a face carrying a complex history.  I see this man as a mystic wounded warrior, my impressions of him mixed.  On the one hand he has a strong visage with a layered iconography. He carries a lot of...

2022-16c Bisque-fired ram

2022-16c Bisque-fired ram

This is the last of three catalog entries about this group of pottery. Each begins with the same introduction. Carrying almost no design except for burn marks, with only subtle suggestions of form, this small grouping of effigies stands in stark contrast to the 11...