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Marie Toya Storyteller
Item #85177
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Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo potter Marie Toya, this one-of-a-kind Storyteller with Four Children depicts a female figure playfully arrayed with four children—two in her arms, one along a leg, and one atop her head. Sculpted from Jemez Pueblo clay, this delightful 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.
6.06"h. x 4.38"l. x 3.75"w.

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