We are so fortunate as part of our February 2011 Cochiti Storyteller Show to have major and superb examples of the work of the late Louis Naranjo and his mother, Francis Naranjo Suina. This bear storyteller is one of Louis’ very first. It is well known, illustrated in Barbara Babcock and the Monathan’s book The Pueblo Storyteller as color Plate 9 on page 102. The piece is large, 8″ tall and the seated adult holds three terra cotta colored cubs with details painted in black and in creamy Cochiti white slip.
This is an excellent opportunity to own a wonderful and well-known piece of contemporary pueblo pottery history.
Condition is excellent; original and unrestored.
Provenance: Rainbow Man Gallery in Santa Fe and The Kiva Indian Trading Post in Santa Fe before that.