Coyote Storyteller by Virgil Ortiz
Son of renowned potter Seferina Ortiz, Virgil mastered and then expanded his family’s pottery tradition. In this case, the Cochiti tradition of storytellers morphed into a howling coyote family. This coyote storyteller is an example of his transitional work – well beyond traditional, before his dramatic pierced and tattooed figures. This piece measures 4 3/4″ tall and wide and about 4″ tail to front feet. Fully marked on the bottom, “VIRGIL ORTIZ, COCHITI PUEBLO” his symbol and a date that I am not certain about but it looks like 2001.
This is an opportunity to acquire an early piece by a renowned artist at an affordable price!
The piece is in very good condition overall with surface soil and scoot marks on the underside. Note that this piece came from a smoking home.