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Native American Water Jar
1991

Santa Clara Pueblo
Images of sacred clowns gambling, eating watermelon, and reading books upside down adorn this water jar from the Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico. According to Pueblo tradition, the clowns' antics help direct the prayers of the people toward heaven.

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Acquired by NMAH, 1992
Made by Lois Gutierrez de la Cruz in 1991
12-1/2" high x 11" deep
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· Lois Gutierrez de la Cruz
· Native American art in New Mexico

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