Among the Pueblo people of the southwest United States, rain and water are vital for life. Pueblo songs, ceremonies, and dances are about the rain blessings from the Rain Spirits. Pueblo culture is an agrarian society with reliance on rain.
In this beautiful sculpture, Cliff incorporates the symbolism of rain: moisture, clouds, land, mountains, lightning into each of his Rain Spirits. The headdress is half round and represents a rainbow. The macaw feathers represent humidity and warmth as the bird comes from tropical environments. The turquoise heishi (beads) symbolizes not only the color of the sky, but also the lining of the clouds.
Cliff laminates various marbles from around the United States and the world to create his majestic Rain Maiden. He listens to the each of the stones as he incorporates the pieces together to tell the story of rain and moisture. This marvelous 15” tall maiden stands on a square base 1” tall.
Condition: Excellent – original condition – new.
Provenance: Purchased from the artist.