Mojave Pottery Effigy, by Elmer Gates, CA 1970's, #1770.
Description: #1770 Mojave Pottery Effigy, by Elmer Gates, CA 1970's. Native American, Mojave Pottery Effigy Vase by Elmer Gates, Ca 1970’s. The seated figure is balancing a ceramic bowl on its head, is made of micaceous clay. Its face and body are adorned with red painted designs, complemented by blue and white glass bead earrings and necklace.
Dimensions: 7” x 5”
Condition: Excellent for age.
Some background on Mojave Pottery and Elmer Gates:
Elmer Gates, was born in 1929 and lived in Poston, Arizona on the Fort Mojave Reservation. He had learned to make pottery from his aunt. He then continued studying all styles of southwestern pottery and working with various techniques. He sold his work at the Colorado River Indian Tribal Museum in the 1970's. Gates was so confident in his chosen profession that he taught a number of young artists of Mojave and Maricopa Tribes, as well as non-natives, including Santa Fe ceramicist Rick Dillingham.
Elmer Gates was a true artist. He experimented with many shapes, techniques and motifs. He made human figurines, but was also well known for his owls and frogs. His shapes were free flowing and not necessarily true to muscular form.
Mohave or Mojave (Mojave: 'Aha Makhav) are a Native American people indigenous to the Colorado River in the Mojave Desert. The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation includes territory within the borders of California, Arizona, and Nevada. The Colorado River Indian Reservation includes parts of California and Arizona and is shared by members of the Chemehuevi, Hopi, and Navajo peoples.