This charming vintage miniature pottery songbird was made by Acoma potter Ethel Shields (1938-2021), of the Yellow Corn Clan, who was the granddaughter of Josephita and Joe A. Sandoval and daughter or Toribio and Dolores S. Sanchez. She attended Albuquerque Indian School and learned pottery making from her mother. In the later years of her career, she was famous her Nativity sets, but she began making traditional pottery, such as revival jars, bowls, effigy canteens, storytellers, and figures such as this bird. It is all hand made and the polychrome paint is what adds so much of the charm, with the ochre and brown strips on the tail, the curlicues on top of the head, and the markings for features. I had originally thought that one of the feathers might have been chipped, as it appears to be lacking a brown stripe that is on the other feature. And it may have been chipped yet filed, but I think it was originally made this way. The surface is smooth and has a beautiful patina. Perfect for the bird watcher or nature lover in your life.
The bird is small at about 2-3/4" tall by 3-3/4" across and about 2-5/8" deep. The paint has a couple of spots where the color has rubbed off from wear. Otherwise in good condition.
Because we all need more songbirds in life!
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