ANNIE FIELDS (1884–1971)
MOJAVE RED ON BUFF PIPE circa 1960
By the time we got this, we'd seen enough of Annie Fields's work to be sure of the attribution. The face is much like the Janus face on our cloud blower H-836, and it's logical to think that if Annie made straight cloud blowers, she'd also make a conventional smoking pipe. Other than the fact that it's from a Mojave potter, there's nothing unusual about this. It's just Annie all the way. We showed it on page 143 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art on the spread devoted entirely to Annie, Elmer Gates and Betty Barrackman, the three artists who defined Mojave pottery in the second half of the 20th century. Then, we showed it in an entirely different context on page 201 of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
1-5/8" wide x 4-1/4" long x 1-3/4" high