Santo Domingo/Kewa Four-Color Double Chamber Canteen by Robert Tenorio, c. 1980


Kewa pottery patriarch Robert Tenorio was at the height of his artistic powers when this canteen was purchased directly from him in the early 1980’s. Then, as now, Robert took traditional Santo Domingo pottery as a jumping off point to then subtly experiment with form, paint texture and design.

In this case he created a large and most difficult form, a double chamber water carrier with spouts pointing in opposing directions and room to create both a bird looking back design as well as a dramatic and fanciful dee. Both animals are closely tied by prominent black cloud/rain designs on their bodies. The red and orange paints appear to be a mix of traditional mineral pigment with a red acrylic; so traditional meets contemporary. This is a masterful and unusual example. Pottery from this period of Robert Tenorio’s career are very rare.

Size 12.5” long x 7.25” tall at spouts and 5” deep
Condition Excellent
Provenance A New York City Collection


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