Don’t mess with a Mama bear and her cubs! That seems to be the message in this charming, traditional clay figural piece.
The Herreras were one of the original storyteller innovators at Cochiti, and this is a continuation of the tradition, by a younger generation.
The natural, creamy white Cochiti clay is smoothly finished, but left matte.
Wild spinach “paint” makes the black accents, and red clay slip decorates the fierce interior of the mouth.
Amusingly, the two cubs seem totally unconcerned by whatever Mama is reacting to, confident that whatever it is, she will keep them safe.
The contrast between their relaxed demeanor and the mother bear’s ferocious expression can’t help but evoke a smile.