The Tesuque community of NM was forced to relocate to Tesuque (very near Sante Fe) when driven from their historic home by the Spanish in the 1600s. The Tesque were one of three primary makers of fine painted pottery in the 18th & 19th century.
The Tesuque Pueblo potters started making "clay rain god figures" in about 1895 for the tourist trade. These clay figures had no sacred meaning but were simply charming pottery figures for the curio shops frequented by visitors to NM. The rain god statues were made from clay and then painted. The amount of decorations on the figures increased through the years. This is a very early rain god figure.
This figure is a "full figure" of a rain gold sitting with a decorated vessel in is lap between his outstretched legs. There are facial decorations including lovely whirling logs in the center of his forehead. The eyes, nose and mouth are open with slits. There are decorations on his chest and on the vessel he holds.The rain god pottery was wildly popular with visitors to NM until about 1920. There was no interest in acquiring these figures for museums & fine collections in the early days. However, they are now considered to be charming figures and part of Native American history. So they appear in fine collections and museums of today.
The figures are quite fragile & are easily damaged so it is rare to find a figure without damage and/or repairs. This antique clay Tesuque rain god pot is without any damage or repairs! Carefully cared for by three generations of my family. He later gave many pieces in his pottery collection to my parents. My mother marked this piece as "Pueblo Rain God" very fainting in pencil on the bottom.I have not tried to remove it. My parents gave the rain god & other Native American pottery to me in the 1970s. The pottery Tesuque rain god is in remarkable condition with no breaks & repairs that I can see. I looked at many rain god figures on the Internet with significant breaks or missing parts.
This is a very rare survivor from early NM Tesque rain god pots. There are surface scraches and perhaps rubs. There could be an acculumation of material on the pot that I have not tried to clean except for gentle dusting. There could be tiny cracks in the clay and some point loss.The piece is not signed other than the pencil marking by my mother. Overall, this Tesque rain god pot is in excellent antique & original condition. Design: Pueblo Tesuque Rain God with Vessel. Width (side to side): 3 1/8. Height (top to bottom): 6.
Depth (front to back): 3 3/4. This is a rare opportunity to acquire a genuine antique Pueblo Tesuque rain god figure in wonderful, original condition.The clay rain god statue would be an important addition to a collection of Native American arts & antiques. A rare find for the serious collector!
A treasure to pass along for future generations. Please examine the photos to assess the condition for yourself. Other items shown in the photos are for display purposes only.
The item "Native American Pueblo Tesuque NM Rain God Pottery Pot Figure Statue 1895 -1910" is in sale since Tuesday, April 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1800-1934\Pottery".
The seller is "wilderness03" and is located in Deerfield, Virginia. This item can be shipped to United States.