Plate

Plate

late 1900s

Nathan Youngblood

(American, b. 1954)

Ceramic

Diameter: 5.4 x 29.5 cm (2 1/8 x 11 5/8 in.); Overall: 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in.)

Gift of Frances and David Dickenson in memory of Sarah Dickenson and Jeffrey Cudlip 2003.346

Description

Black pottery has long been a hallmark of ceramics made in Santa Clara Pueblo. Equally distinctive is a bear claw design, which first appeared in the late 1800s. A bear is said to have led the people of Santa Clara to water during a drought in mythic times; thus, in some contexts, the claw design represents a prayer for rain.

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