Object photography

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Object description

  • Diego Romero (Cochiti pueblo, birth 1964)
  • Iwo Jima Pot (from "Never Forget" series), 2001
  • Ceramic, paint
  • Cochiti pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • H: 21 in, W: 10 in, D: 7 in (H: 53.3 cm, W: 25.4 cm, D: 17.8 cm)
  • Museum Purchase with partial funds from Merry Glosband, and James and Margie Krebs, 2001
  • E301811
  • Honors Ira Hayes, World War II hero
  • Gilding suggests his heroism, beyond personal struggles

Ira Hayes, a member of the Akimel O'odham tribe and U.S. Marine, was immortalized in the World War II photograph of his Iwo Jima flag-raising. Uneasy with his sudden celebrity, Hayes suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and alcoholism. Here, Diego Romero separates Hayes from his much-publicized inner turmoil, urging viewers never to forget Hayes' heroic accomplishments.


This pot is painted with a camouflage design of red, brown, and army green on a brown background. Each side has a small gold painted handle, as in a trophy. A comic-style figure is painted on the front center. The image is a soldier with a cartoon bubble (aka splash balloon) which reads "NEVER FORGET." Below the figure, a painted banner reads "Ira-Hayes." On the top lid of the pot, are five clay soldiers raising the flag on Iwo-Jima (as in the iconic photograph of the Iwo-Jima flag-raising), however, there is no flag.

Exhibition History

  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011
  • Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; January 14, 2012 through April 29, 2012
  • Family Ties: International Contemporary Artists Interpret Family, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 21, 2003 through September 21, 2003


Diego Romero