BILLY MANUEL (circa 1955– )
TOHONO O'ODHAM EFFIGY JAR 1998
Along with his late sister Annie, Billy Manuel belongs to a long-established Tohono pottery family and works in a variety of styles, mostly but not exclusively matt-finished and often with more connection to ancient Hohokam pottery than to modern Tohono styles. This Hohokam-inspiored fellow with the coffee-bean eyes sports shell earrings and stylish chin tattoos. It's almost a surprise that this piece can turn its back on you and ignore you. We're used to seeing pieces like this with Janus faces. This appears on page 161 of our The Desert Southwest, Four Thousand Years of Life and Art.
4-3/4" diameter excluding handles x 3-3/4" high