Pottery baskets like this one were often called “betrothal baskets”, signifying the upcoming union of two young people.
This charming piece is a wee version, featuring rain signs and tadpoles – symbols of good luck and fertility.
The form is very pleasing; tapered and well-proportioned.
Red clay slip and black, wild spinach paint make a dramatic contrast with the pure white Zuni clay.
The exterior is shaped and decorated with stepped rain signs at the rim.
Tadpoles and a graceful red lizard decorate the interior.
Lizards are land creatures, counterpoints to the other watery themes.
Adorable, well-made, and delightfully decorated, this is a lovely little piece.