Storage Jar

Lonnie Vigil, Nambé Pueblo / American, born 1949
Nambé Pueblo (Nambe)


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Fall 1992

Micaceous terracotta

Overall: 10 1/16 × 13 3/16 in. (25.5 × 33.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Virginia Williamson, Class of 1962A

© Lonnie Vigil



Place Made: Nambé Pueblo, United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area

Native American

Native American: Southwest

Not on view


Signed, in clay, on bottom: Vigil[underlined] / NAMBE


Micaceous clay contains tiny inclusions of the mineral mica throughout. Because of its strength and natural heat retention, it has been used historically by Pueblos and other communities to seal their pottery for use in cooking and storage. Lonnie Vigil uses the natural distribution of sparkling mica flecks to transform his vessel from utilitarian pot into fine art. Vigil credits the guidance of his great-grandmother, great-aunts, the Earth Mother, and ancestral spirits in his refinement of the ceramic techniques passed down to him. The seal, made by an unknown artist, is more of a tourist souvenir, in which the micaceous clay is also used for decorative purposes.

From the 2022 exhibition Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, curated by Dillen Peace '19, Native American Art Intern and Sháńdíín Brown '20, Native American Art Intern 

Exhibition History

Collectanea: The Museum as Hunter and Gatherer, Alvin P. Gutman Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 21, 2005-February 12, 2006.

Unbroken: Native American Ceramics, Sculpture, and Design, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 22, 2022-March 12, 2023.


Gallery 10, Inc. (Philip Cohen), Santa Fe, New Mexico; sold to Virigina Williamson, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1993; given to present collection, 2002.

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