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Mona Teller Storyteller Doll
Item #85123
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Award-winning Isleta Pueblo artist Mona Teller pinches, coils, and paints the clay by hand before fining it outdoors in the traditional way, then uses natural pigments gathered from the Isleta Pueblo to hand-paint this Mona Teller Storyteller Doll in her signature cream, peach, and gray palette. Fully finished on all sides, this joyful Storyteller Doll depicts a mother holding three children. Handcrafted in New Mexico.
Though Native American tribes have been making dolls for hundreds of years, storyteller dolls like this Mona Teller Storyteller Doll were first made by Conchiti 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 Conchiti Pueblo—are well represented in the collections of our National Museum of the American Indian.
4.75"h. x 2.5"w.

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