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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Folk Art: Folk Ceramics: Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué
Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué

Bean Pot with Ear of Corn Appliqué
Myra Tso Kaye
fired clay with piñon pitch
10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (27.3 x 16.5 cm) diam.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Chuck and Jan Rosenak and museum purchase made possible by Mrs. Gibson Fahnestock
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"When I work with the yellow and gray clay from Black Mesa, I get a spiritual high, and the high comes only at my mother's house in Tuba City, and only when I'm working in the Navajo Way." Myra Tso Kaye, quoted in Chuck and Jan Rosenak, The People Speak: Navajo Folk Art, 1994

Navajo artist Myra Tso Kaye learned to make pottery from her mother, Faye Tso, who is also represented in this collection (Rosenak, Contemporary American Folk Art: A Collector’s Guide, 1996). Inspired by her mother's work, Kaye decorated this cooking pot with an ear of corn as a symbol of Navajo beliefs and rituals.

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