This beautiful green-on-black pot is by the San Ildefonso pueblo artist Than Tsideh, also known as Erik Fender. Tsideh has been a sensation in the Native American community of potters because of his unique style and his development of the difficult to obtain green-on-black surface. Tsideh has a history of awards that includes the 1987 New Mexico Congressional Art First Place, 1988 Santa Fe Indian Market First Place, and 1998 Santa Fe Indian Market Honorable Mention. This bowl measures 5 inches tall and 6 ½ inches wide. The piece carries traditional puebloan pictographic motifs including a kiva step design, bear claw, and tadpoles, all done in Tsideh's dusky green glaze. Around the top there is a micaceous glaze that extends down into the interior. The ground is the beautiful gloss black that has become the hallmark of artists such as Maria Martinez. Condition is excellent. The shape is both fluid and proportionally very pleasing. It would be a great addition to your collection of Native American art pottery and would add a wonderful look to your office bookcase or shelf. There is not much of this stuff available so the time to buy it is when you see it.
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