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Angel Bailon Storyteller
Item #85175
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Santo Domingo Pueblo artist, Angel Bailon (who is married to a Santo Domingo Pueblo man) is allowed to make storytellers like this Storyteller with Four Children because she was born at Jemez Pueblo. This Angel Bailon Storyteller depicts a seated male figure with two children on his legs, a third on his shoulder and a fourth on his head. A one-of-a-kind artwork shaped from hand-gathered clay, this polychrome Storyteller with Four Children is hand painted with natural pigments. Signed by the artist. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls were first made by Cochiti artist Helen Cordero in 1964. Soon other artists began to emulate her open-mouthed storyteller dolls, always holding children or animals. Each artist's clay dolls reflect their personal style and tribal heritage. Now one of the most collectible forms of clay art, storyteller dolls—many from the Jemez Pueblo—are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
5.88"h. x 3.5"l. x 2.81"w.

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