Native American Art Navajo Pottery Pot
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Bernice Watchman is a member of the Tl'aashchi'i (Red Bottom) Clan of the Navajo (Diné) people. She learned how to carve pots from her family in the late 1980's. This exquisite pot is an early piece of hers, before she began signing her pottery with her married name Bernice W. Lee. The pot is elaborately and intricately carved both on the exterior and the interior. Bands of flowers, mountains and feathers are interspersed with geometric designs on the outside of the pot, while the inside has rows of completely different symbols, with a beautiful pinwheel of feathers decorating the inner bottom. The matte colors are those of the desert: ochre, blue gray and cream, very elegant.
The pot has a short, straight neck, flaring to a bulbous shoulder and then tapering down to a round, flat base. It stands 6 inches tall with a mouth 5 3/4 inches across. The circumference at the shoulder is 26 inches (about 8 1/2 inches across), with a 3 1/4 inch diameter base. The pot weighs a sturdy 2 1/2 pounds and is in excellent condition, with just some "shelf dirt" on the base. It's hand signed "Bernice Watchman Nvjo," etched in the clay. This Navajo pot is a handsome piece of Native American artistry and will become a treasured heirloom.