Handmade Navajo Pottery
Navajo pitch pottery is a low temperature fired ceramic. Variations in
color and dark areas on the pots that are referred to as "fire clouds"
result from and are a "signature" of the traditional firing process
that uses sheep dung as fuel.
with some by daughters
Elizabeth, Rita, and Rose
on Betty, Elizabeth, Rita, and Rose Manygoats
and other Indian potters of the Southwest.
These wonderful items are made of clay from the Navajo Indian Reservation
in Northern Arizona and all are glazed with pinon pitch. Some are made by well-known
Navajo potter, Betty Manygoats and some by her daughters Elizabeth, Rita, and
Rose. Each of these Horned Toads is quite different in size, shape, coloration,
and markings as shown in the photos.
In each of the unique representations of the Horned Toad, a personality seems
to be expressed due to the detail put into them. Betty, Rita, Rose, and Elizabeth
each have their own way of making them and as a result, body shapes and the
scaling of their "skin" are different. Note the "Fire clouds" and
color variations in the photos above and below. Also note the expressive faces.
The sizes of these Horned Toads varies from 3"
to 3.75" long by 1.75" to 2.25" wide.
All horned toads are signed by their respective maker,
either, "BM," "EM," "RM", or "R.Manygoats".
Immediately above are four more Horned toads. These are
all by Rita and Elizabeth Manygoats.
The shot below shows some more great expressions.
Every item is different. No two are alike. The one being sold will vary from
the images above.
Item: Horned Toad, traditonally fired with "fire clouds"
Size: 3 1/2" long, 2 1/4" wide, 1" high.
Maker: Rose Manygoats (Navajo)
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Item Number: 97-RM-6015, by Rose Manygoats
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|| The horned toad is of course
not a toad at all, but any of several new-world small, scaly, insect-eating
lizards with a flattened body, short tail, and horn-like spines.
A powerful symbol to the Navajo people, "Noted artist Shonto Begay
explains in his book 'Ma'ii and Cousin Horned Toad, 'Whenever we come
upon a horned toad we gently place it over our heart and greet it, 'Ya
ateeh shi che' ('Hello, my grandfather'). We believe it gives strength
of heart and mind. We never harm our grandfather.' "
From "Enduring Traditions, Art of
the Navajo," by Lois Essary Jacka
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