Navajo Diné pottery pine pitch pot drum pot with "Spirit Break". For Sale
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Navajo Diné pottery pine pitch pot drum pot with "Spirit Break". :
Older Navajo Diné pottery pine pitch pot drum.
Navajo vessels often had thicker walls and an incised decorative band around the neck. Navajo potters developed their own distinctive style by applying a glaze of hot piñon pitch to the surface of their pots after firing, giving vessels their characteristic brown-red color and beautiful gloss. Traditional Navajo pots are smoothed and scraped with corncobs and fired in an open pit using juniper wood as fuel. They typically do not feature painted designs, a practice discouraged by elders to maintain cultural and religious privacy. There is a traditional "Spirit Break," in the band around the neck of the pot which metaphorically releases the spirit of the potter or any other spirits that may be associated with the materials that make up the pot.
This pear-shaped clay pot is hand coiled, pit fired outdoors, and is sealed with a coating of pinon pitch.
The surface of this pot is fantastic. It actually looks like wrinkled cloth!
It features a rich dark terra-cotta color with carbon smudge “fire clouds” and has a rope / beaded appliqué with a spirit break at the top.
It is signed (See photo)
In excellent condition.
Measures 6.5” tall x 43/4” in diameter.
See photos as they are the best description.
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