Linda Lucero Fragua is a prize winning potter from Jemez Pueblo, south and west of Santa Fe. Her nativity is made of native clay and painted with different colors of clay slips. The figures are formed by hand. Joseph has a folded blanket over his shoulder, a sign of a formal occasion in the pueblos. Mary has a shawl over her head. The baby Jesus lies under a gorgeous pottery blanket painted with traditional pueblo pottery designs. The scene is set in front of a pueblo corner fireplace. From the vigas hang a colorful pueblo drum and an embroidered kilt, the garment worn by male dancers, wrapped around their hips. The cow is what we call a “Picasso cow”, and a little sheep completes the charming scene. This is by one of the best nativity makers of Jemez Pueblo. The wall is six inches and a half inches tall (16 cm.).
JEMEZ PUEBLO NATIVITY BY LINDA LUCERO FRAGUA
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