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Small Pottery by Carlos Begay, Signed by Artist

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Posted 2 years ago

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I got this a few years ago, it was added with another item I bought. It was only recently when moving things around that I took a second look at this.

Pottery is not my area of expertise at all, so when I saw the initials of "C.B" on the bottom when I first got it I gave it no thought at all. But, while I had it out again, I looked a little closer and saw a second signature. It was signed "Carlos Begay".

This is a simple piece of pottery, but I like that. It is only 3 1/2 inches high and 2 1/2 inches in diameter. It has a nice design around the top. It was fired in a pit, you can see one side is darker than the other. And pitch was poured on the inside so it could be used as a vessel to hold liquid.

While I can't be sure that this was done by THE Carlos Begay, it is still a nice piece. Small and simple and nicely made. Enjoy the pics :)


  1. racer4four racer4four, 2 years ago
    Gorgeous glaze.
  2. melaniej melaniej, 2 years ago
    is there a ceremonial break 0n the raised decoration are? traditional to all Diné pottery.....

    see this site for example of ceremonial break on drum on pic's
  3. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
    Thank you guys, for the love :) And yes, racer4four, the glaze is great on this little jar. In the light, it looks like copper in places. Really cool :)

    And melaniej, thanks for that info. I was able to look up what you meant and saw that this is called a Drum Jar. I put up a pic that shows a part of the "rope" design, and there is that place in the design that is not the same as the rest of the rope as it goes around the neck. I do not know if that small space would be called the Ceremonial Break, I would leave that up to experts that know this. Either way, I still love this simple little jar.

    Thank you again for your help, which sent me on my way to knowing what kind of pottery this is :)

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