Butterfly Koshare

Joe Cajero Jr.



We are especially pleased to acquire Joe Cajero’s original clay works, as he is increasingly involved in producing bronze editions of his pieces.

The artist is nationally known for his virtuoso, naturalistic, sculpting.

He has received many prestigious awards for his work, including being named  a “Local Treasure” a major museum in New Mexico, and is eagerly collected all over the nation, and abroad.

This piece is a masterful rendering of the playful spirit of the Pueblo clown and ceremonial figure, the Koshare.

Easily recognized by their black and white painted stripes and dried corn husk tassels, the Koshares dance and perform various ceremonial duties.

Primarily, they are social controllers who burlesque inappropriate behavior, or simply entertain with silly humor.

This sweet interpretation shows a Koshare appreciating the magic of Nature – two butterflies have alighted on his hands.

Joe’s remarkable gift of expression is evident in the awe-struck delight of the face.

Indeed, the whole stance is frozen still, but thrilled; he doesn’t want to frighten the butterflies away.

Except for the beaded necklace, the cloth bands on his wrists, and the dried corn husks in the headdress, this figure is made entirely of hand-gathered clay, and traditionally made and painted.

Every detail, from seemingly supple leather moccasins, to the naturalistically formed ears, is realistic and beautifully proportioned.

The finish is characteristically smooth.

Don’t miss an opportunity to acquire one of this superstar’s original works!

They are becoming more and more rare, as he works more and more in bronze multiples.

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