Judy Toya is from Jemez Pueblo. She makes nativities. This one has eleven pieces, including the wall with a star and angel. Judy digs her clay form the earth, prepares it, forms the nativity figures by hand, paints them with traditional designs. Baby Jesus has a handsome squash blossom necklace. The wise men bear pueblo gifts of pottery, a basket and a drum. The shepherd tends his flock. Joseph has a folded blanket over his shoulder, the sign of a formal occasion. This is a wonderful example of a pueblo nativity. The wall is six and half inches tall (16 cm.).
POTTERY NATIVITY FROM JEMEZ PUEBLO BY JUDY TOYA
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