MOJAVE RED ON BUFF CUP circa 1920
Every so often, you run across an example that's as good as it gets. This cup represents the peak of Mojave tourist art in the early 20th century. It's thin, beautifully formed and carefully painted and fired—a degree of craft that only Elmer Gates managed to match in later years, and he did it using untraditional methods. We showed this on page 141 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art, surrounded by the best old pieces we could find, and it held up admirably. We also found a prominent place for it on page 117 of the Second Edition of our Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
4-1/8" diameter excluding handle x 3-3/4" high