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Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll
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This touching Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll depicts a young mother wearing a manta, a dress, leggings, and moccasins while cradling a very young child. Made entirely by hand by Jemez Pueblo clay artist Mary Lucero, this beautiful Storyteller Doll showcases the skills taught to Mary by her grandmother Magnita. She gathers the clay from the Jemez Pueblo hills and the natural materials and pigments from pueblo sacred grounds. She then shapes her figure before firing it outdoors over an open kiln. Fully finished on all sides, this Mary Lucero Storyteller Doll is handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Mary Lucero 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.
2"h. x 1.25"w.

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