Object photography

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Object description

  • Dorothy Torivio (Acoma Pueblo, 1946-2011)
  • Jar, 2001
  • Ceramic, paint
  • Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • H: 6 1/2 in, dia.: 9 in (H: 16.5 cm, dia.: 22.9 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2001
  • E301803
  • Spiraling triangles around the circumference create an eye-dazzling effect
  • Triangles painted in black, yet our eyes are drawn to the white triangles

Planned completely in her head in advance of putting her yucca brush to the surface, Dorothy Torivio used time-honored techniques and materials in creating this cutting-edge seed jar. The triangular designs, which she calls "Day and Night," were inspired by an ancient pottery shard she found on her Acoma Pueblo reservation. Torivio 's work is highly regarded for its precise, even lines and for her dazzling patterns despite her restrained use of color.