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Diane Lucero Storyteller
Item #85181
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Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo potter Diane Lucero, this one-of-a-kind Storyteller with Baby depicts a mother in traditional garb with her legs elegantly positioned to the side. She holds a swaddled infant, whose closed eyes and wide smile express utter contentment. Fashioned from hand-gathered Jemez Pueblo clay, this tender polychrome storyteller is hand painted with natural and acrylic paints. 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.
2.5"h. x 2"l. x 2.5"w.

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