Featured Wee Burnished Black Cup, Signed; a Starfish?

Discussion in 'Tribal Art' started by wlwhittier, May 25, 2024.

  1. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    I got this in Bishop, California, maybe 10 years ago. It was sold as 'Santa Clara', but I have little confidence in that.
    The bottom is hemispherical, the sides are roughly 1 1/4" long, the opening is ~1" diameter, it's ~1 1/2" high, an' its weight is ~1 1/2 oz.
    I cannot read the signature, an' hope one of you will be able to help me locate this with a place, an' the artist's name.
    If it isn't a starfish, what might it represent? There appear to be marks, a bit hidden in the design, indicating 4 feet...an' starfish don't have such, nor do they have a mouth or eyes where this does.
    The craft is high, with nary any indication of tool work; no visible seams, an' it's quite thin-walled. The sgraffito looks to be thru the burnished surface, as is the signature. The interior is quite smooth, but otherwise unfinished. As always, Thanks for lookin'!

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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

  3. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    From the 1993 book The Miracle of Mata Ortiz: Juan Quezada and the Potters of Northern Chihuahua.


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  5. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    Very quirky. I like it !
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  6. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Debora an' Books!
    I just realized the figure is probably a lizard, stylized.
    I am happy to know of Irma Juarez, an' will further research her an' her works!
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