GLADYS ANGEA (?– )
TOHONO O'ODHAM QUAIL FIGURINE 1997
It's often difficult to attribute an Angea family piece to a specific family member, but a dealer who was close to the family identified this as by Gladys. Later, we confirmed it when we saw a piece that she put her name on, and this is her handwriting. This is one of the best Angea pieces we've ever had. It's in superb condition, with a man-in-the-maze on its stomach and Angea geometry serving as its wings. Often Angea pottery can be so touristy that it makes fastidious critics dismiss it, but this piece doesn't fall into that category. Instead, it reminds us that the Angeas are an important pottery family and that their pieces have a lot to tell us. This appears in three of out books: on page 137 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, on page 52 of Pottery of the Southwest and on page 163 of The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
4" diameter x 6-1/2" high