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Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll
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An Acoma Pueblo clay sculptor, Judy Lewis employs the traditional methods of her people to create her storyteller dolls, like this enchanting Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll. A one-of-a-kind artwork, this Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll is a young, seated mother who holds a clay vase while a boy sits on her shoulder, a girl hangs from her neck, and a kitten perches on her head. The fully finished hand-coiled and hand-pinched figure (front, back, and sides) is painted in her signature pastels made from natural pigments. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Judy Lewis Storyteller Doll 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, Cochiti and Acoma Pueblo storyteller dolls are included in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
3.75"h. x 2.5"w.

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