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Judy Toya Storyteller Doll
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This one-of-a-kind Judy Toya Storyteller Doll depicts a grandmother with a granddaughter and grandson on her lap, respectively holding a clay bird and a clay pot, while a third grandchild holds onto and peers over her head. Creating a fully sculpted work of art, Jemez Pueblo potter Judy Toya coils and shapes her figures from locally gathered clay, fires them over an open kiln, then hand-paints them with natural pigments. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Judy Toya 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, storyteller dolls—many from the Jemez Pueblo—are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
6.5"h. x 3.5"w.

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