Mitchell Blackhorse Navajo Carved Pottery Bear
This handsome carved pottery fetish, with its "bear in bear" motif, was created by well-known artist Mitchell Blackhorse, a member of the Dineh (also spelled Diné) people of the Navajo nation in northwestern New Mexico. Made of red clay and painted black, the centerpiece is etched into the clay, revealing a standing bear surrounded by Native American designs. The bear's eyes are tiny letter M's. The other side of the bear is also etched with symbols and signed on the bottom of its foreleg: M. Blackhorse Dineh.
The contrast between the black paint and the red clay is beautiful. The bear measures 5 inches long, a bit over 3 inches tall and weighs 5 ounces. It's in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips. It's a beautifully made Native American artwork, whether displayed alone or in a grouping.