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CAS 0370-0916   CAS 0370-0916; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Zia Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Zia Pueblo
Maker's Name Velino Shije Herrera (Ma Pe Wi) (1902 - 1973)
Date of Manufacture 1937
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on paper
Description Painting on heavy white paper entitled "Matachines Dance", depicting two Matachine society male dancers, each wearing elaborate and colorful dance regalia of long beaded leggings, black kilts, pueblo sash belts, vests, and headdresses that include black face covering and blue hat with eagle plumes at sides and ribbon streamers trailing down their backs; Each dancer carries wooden 3-pronged sword in left hand and cloth pouch in right hand; Signature Ma-pe-wi 1937" is printed in orange paint in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 36.0, Length = 28.6

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0917   CAS 0370-0917; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Pablita Velarde (Tse Tsan) (1918 - 2006)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1935
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque tempera on paper
Description Painting entitled "The Potter", depicting kneeling pueblo woman dressed in orange blouse, green one shoulder dress, and gray apron, shaping large pottery bowl in front of her; Can of water is shown in foreground; Signature "Pablita Velarde" is printed in gray paint near lower right corner; Title "The Potter" and "Santa Clara Pueblo" are written in pencil on reverse. Pablita Velarde is the mother of Helen Hardin, whose early paintings are represented in the CAS painting collection, and the sister of Legoria Tafoya, whose pottery is represented in the CAS pottery collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 18.4, Length = 20.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0922   CAS 0370-0922; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal) (1898 - 1955)
Date of Manufacture 1938
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Colored ink on paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "The Bull and the Koshares", depicting 2 Koshare clowns, whose bodies are painted in black and white stripes, riding bareback on a black bull; Koshare in front is holding on to bull's horn, while face of second Koshare is hidden behind first Koshare; Signature "Awa Tsireh 1938" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 36.4, Length = 28.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0923   CAS 0370-0923; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Zia Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Zia Pueblo
Maker's Name Rafael Medina (Tee Ya Cha Na) (b. 1929)
Date of Manufacture 1966
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on mat board
Description Painting entitled "Zia Clown Dancer", depicting single Koshare dancer, shown in dancing pose with right leg and both arms raised; Dancer's body is painted in alternating horizontal black and white stripes and his hair is pulled back into two pony tails; Top of small fir tree is shown in lower right; Signature "1966 R. Medina" is printed in white paint with Zia sun symbol in lower left corner; Title and artist's name are both handwritten and printed in pencil on reverse.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 14.2, Length = 20.4

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0924   CAS 0370-0924; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Cochiti Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Sandoval
Other Geographic Data Cochiti Pueblo
Maker's Name Justino Herrera (Stimone) (b. 1920)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque paint on paper
Description Painting on white paper entitled "Red Buffaloes" depicting red buffalo dancer shown in left profile and dressed in white kilt and red buffalo headdress; Forelegs and forearms are colored turquoise and remainder of body is painted deep red; Figure stand atop short steps holding tree branch in left hand and gourd rattle in right hand, facing pueblo woman dressed in moccasins, yellow dress, and white woven manta; Large basket filled with bread, corn and other gifts sets at woman's feet; Inscription "Happy Greeting to Mr. & Mrs. Young (sic) Elkus" is printed in turquoise-colored ink along bottom edge; Signature "From painting by Justino Herrera" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 22.8, Length = 18.2

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0926   CAS 0370-0926; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Romando Vigil (Tse Ye Mu) (1902 - 1978)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Colored ink on paper
Description Untitled painting on heavy white paper, depicting single image of Shalako shown in left profile against plain white background; Figure is shown in striding position, dressed in full ceremonial attire, including kilt, shawl and tall headdress with eagle plume crown and protruding mouth (mask is incorrectly colored yellow instead of blue); Signature "Tse-ye-mu" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.4, Length = 17.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0928   CAS 0370-0928; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Helen Hardin (Tsa-Sah-Wee-Eh) (1943 - 1984)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on mat board
Description Painting entitled "Long Horn", depicting Zuni katsina, Saiyatasha (Zuni Rain Priest of the North, Long Horn) who orchestrates the annual Shalako ceremony, the only time he appears; Figure is wearing buckskin cape, moccasins and leggings, white shirt, and turquoise-colored head mask with single horn extending to his right; Figure carries bundle of blue corn in his left hand and rattle of sheep scapula bones (?) in right hand; Signature "Tsa-sah-wee-eh" is printed near lower right corner. Helen Hardin is the daughter of Pablita Velarde, whose paintings are also represented in the CAS painting collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 23.0, Length = 30.7

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0932   CAS 0370-0932; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Tonita Peña (Tonita P. Arquero, Quah Ah) (1893 - 1949)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque tempera on paper
Description Untitled painting on white poster board depicting single image of Koshare clown, shown in left profile; Clown's body is painted entirely in black and white stripes and he wears garters, breechclout, wristlets, and collar; His hair is pulled back into 2 ponytails; Costume is lacking head cap; Signature "Quah Ah, Tonita Peña" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 16.9, Length = 23.8

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0933   CAS 0370-0933; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Tonita Peña (Tonita P. Arquero, Quah Ah) (1893 - 1949)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1930
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque paint on paper
Description Untitled painting on white poster board depicting single image of Koshare clown, shown in 3/4 left profile against plain white background; Clown's body is painted completely in black and white stripes and he wears garters, breechclout, waistband, and headdress that includes two extended horns; Clown is in standing position with knees bent, right arm raised up, and head bent back slightly; Signature "Quah Ah, Tonita Peña" is printed in black ink in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 15.9, Length = 23.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0934A   CAS 0370-0934A; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Joe Aguilar (Jose Vincente Aguilar, Warm Mountain, Sua Peen) (b. 1924)
Date of Manufacture 1951
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on paper
Description Untitled painting on heavy white paper depicting male buffalo dancer shown in 3/4 right profile with his head turned away from viewer; Dancer is dressed in moccasins, leggings, brown leather kilt, red woven sash, black shirt, and buffalo headdress; He is shown bent at the knees and waist and carries bow and arrow in left hand and rattle (?) in right hand; Signature "Aguilar 51" is printed in black ink just below and to right of dancer. (This painting and CAS 0370-0934B, showing a female buffalo dancer, were done as a pair.)
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.3, Length = 15.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0934B   CAS 0370-0934B; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Joe Aguilar (Jose Vincente Aguilar, Warm Mountain, Sua Peen) (b. 1924)
Date of Manufacture 1951
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on paper
Description Untitled painting on heavy white paper depicting female buffalo dancer shown in full frontal pose and dressed in moccasins, embroidered skirt and shirt, and buffalo headdress; Dancer carries spruce bough in left hand and feathers (?) in right hand; Signature "Aguilar 51" is painted in black paint just below and to right of dancer. (This painting and CAS 0370-0934A, showing a male buffalo dancer, were done as a pair.)
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.4, Length = 15.0

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0935   CAS 0370-0935; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Pablita Velarde (Tse Tsan) (1918 - 2006)
Date of Manufacture 1932-1936
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on paper
Description Painting entitled "Women Visiting Shrine", depicting 2 pueblo women kneeling over a small outdoor shrine and placing an offering; One of the women is wrapped in a blue blanket and the other in a red blanket; Cholla cactus and other plants are depicted in background amid sand dunes. Pablita Velarde is the mother of Helen Hardin, whose early paintings are represented in the CAS painting collection, and the sister of Legoria Tafoya, whose pottery is represented in the CAS pottery collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 44.3, Length = 27.8

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0956   CAS 0370-0956; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Joe Aguilar (Jose Vincente Aguilar, Warm Mountain, Sua Peen) (b. 1924)
Date of Manufacture 1953
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Oil on poster board; Brown paper for card
Description Untitled painting on poster board depicting Navajo deity, Pollen Boy; Figure is in full frontal pose, dressed in white leggings, gold and rust-brown kilt, and gold upper body; Face is white; Ribbon steamers hang from wrists and elbows and pouch is tied at waist; Background is speckled with blue, white, red, and turquoise paint; Signature "Warm Mountain 53" is printed in white paint in lower right corner; Painting is glued to rust-brown paper as holiday card; Black and green letters "M C" [Merry Christmas?] are painted on front; Typed message inside reads, "Figure from Navajo Sandpainting* Hozhonji** Blessing Chant Tra Da Deen-eshki. Pollen Boy, Warm Mountain, Joe V. Aguilar."
Dimensions (cm) Width = 9.2, Length = 15.2

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0957   CAS 0370-0957; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Joe Aguilar (Jose Vincente Aguilar, Warm Mountain, Sua Peen) (b. 1924)
Date of Manufacture 1957
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on cardboard; Varnish
Description Untitled painting on poster board depicting single parrot as represented on pueblo pottery; Bird's orange body is decorated with geometric patterns; Bird is shown standing on single floral branch, against blue speckled background; Signature "Suwa" is printed in black paint in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 15.1, Length = 12.7

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0961   CAS 0370-0961; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Gilbert Atencio (Wah Peen) (1930 - 1995)
Date of Manufacture 1956
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque tempera on paper
Description Painting on white paper folded in half and designed as Christmas card; Painting on front is entitled "Matachina Dancer", depicting single dance figure from the pueblo version of the Matachine society dance; Figure is dressed in black fringed skirt, moccasins and leggings, and cape and wears green face covering and white headdress with long flowing ribbons; 3 wooden swords are carried in right hand and cloth in left hand; Signature "Gilbert Atencio '56" is printed in black paint in lower right corner; Handwritten greeting inside reads, "A Warm and Friendly Wish of Cheer for Christmas and the Coming Year -- Gilbert Atencio."
Dimensions (cm) Width = 20.9, Length = 28.8

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0964   CAS 0370-0964; Serigraph
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Serigraph
Culture Taos Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Taos
Other Geographic Data Taos Pueblo
Maker's Name Pop Chalee (Merina Lujan Hopkins) (1906 - 1993)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Paper; Ink
Description Untitled serigraph on manila-colored board depicting buffalo dancer in ceremonial dress, shown from behind in three-quarter profile, full-length pose; Figure wears red moccasins, buckskin kilt, bell rattles below knees, and buffalo headdress with bundle of eagle plumes at sides, and carries gourd rattle in right hand and arrow or spear in left hand; Signature "Pop Chalee" with eagle plume is imprinted just below figure.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 24.0, Length = 28.5

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0965   CAS 0370-0965; Serigraph
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Serigraph
Culture Taos Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Taos
Other Geographic Data Taos Pueblo
Maker's Name Pop Chalee (Merina Lujan Hopkins) (1906 - 1993)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1950s
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Ink; Paper
Description Untitled serigraph on blue paper, showing a single blue horse with its front and back legs spread widely as it jumps over a yucca plant; Horse's mane and tail are jet black; Pair of small birds are shown in upper left and right corners; Signature "Pop Chalee" with eagle plume is printed just below horse's rear feet.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 17.6, Length = 14.9

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0975   CAS 0370-0975; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Encarnacion Peña (Enkay Peña, Soqueen) (1902 - 1979)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1955
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Watercolor on paper
Description Untitled painting on tan paper depicting male buffalo dancer, shown in left profile; Figure is dressed in moccasins, leggings, garters with rattles, brown leather kilt, waist band rattle, brown shirt, and buffalo headdress with eagle feather fan on back; He carries bow and arrows in left hand and feathered rattle (?) in right hand; Signature "Soqueen" is written in pencil along lower center edge.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 16.5, Length = 26.3

Catalog Number

CAS 0370-0976   CAS 0370-0976; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data San Ildefonso Pueblo
Maker's Name Abel Sanchez (Oqwa-Pi) (1899 - 1971)
Date of Manufacture ca. 1925-1935
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Tempera on poster board
Description Untitled painting on yellow poster board depicting two leaping deer, shown against a plain background; Plump bodies of deer are painted black with white underbellies, green tails, and red hoofs; Painting is mounted on larger piece of thin white board, on which signature "Oqwa Pi" is handwritten in pencil in lower right corner.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 29.6, Length = 28.7

Catalog Number CAS 0370-0977   CAS 0370-0977; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Tesuque Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Santa Fe
Other Geographic Data Tesuque Pueblo
Maker's Name Marco Vigil
Date of Manufacture ca. 1940-1950
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor paint on paper
Description Untitled painting on cream-colored paper depicting single buffalo dance figure, shown in 3/4 left profile and dressed in moccasins, white kilt with red and blue horizontal bands; And buffalo headdress including mane and pair of horns; Dancer's upper torso and face are painted black and forearms are painted yellow; Dancer carries spear in left hand and gourd rattle in right hand; Multi-colored cloud symbol with 2 lightning bolts and light rays are painted at top; Signature "Marco Vigil, Tesuque Pueblo" is handwritten in pencil on reverse.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 20.1, Length = 30.5
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