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Catalog Number

CAS 2012-0003-0014   CAS 2012-0003-0014; Figurine (bear)
Category Pottery
Object Name Figurine (bear)
Culture Navajo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. Colorado
County Montezuma
Other Geographic Data Town: Cortez
Maker's Name Lorraine Williams (b. 1955)
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1990s
Collection Name N/A
Materials Clay; Piñon pine pitch; Paint
Description Small stylized figurine of a standing bear shown with his feet together and his head held low; All surfaces are scraped and sanded smooth; One side of the bear is decorated with three incised terraced diamond shapes, each painted with different colored clay slips (red, brown, and black); Opposite side of bear is decorated with three triangular and diamond shapes made by repeated stamping with a small triangular die stamp and then partially painted with colored slips; Entire figurine is covered with light coating of piñon pine pitch; Artist’s initial’s “LW” are incised on bottom of bear’s front feet.
Dimensions (cm) Height = 7.3, Width = 3.4, Length = 11.3