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Native American Rain Gods
Rain Gods were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century and were sold mostly to tourists of that period. They are pre-Columbian in origin. All the Rain Gods listed here were hand sculpted and open pit fired in the traditional way.


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Circa 1902 postcard of Anastasia Romero Vigil (great-grandmother of Teresa Tapia - see below) kneading a batch of clay as recently created rain gods watch. This photograph was taken at Tesuque Pueblo.

This Rain God measures 6.5 inches tall and is believed to have been created in the late 1800s. Head and right arm were broken and reattached (probably professionally) very long ago. Tesuque Pueblo.Your price $250 ~ Item #RG320 Includes Shipping!

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The Rain God above measures 6.75 inches tall and is believed to have been created in the early 1900s. Chip over left eye but excellent condition otherwise, nice patina. Tesuque Pueblo.Your price $250 ~ Item #RG321 Includes Shipping!

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Martha Arquero, from Cochiti Pueblo, has been an active potter since 1977 creating jars, bowls, figurines, animals, storytellers, mermaids and ornaments. She is the daughter of Damacia & Santiago Cordero. She is considered one of Cochiti's best pottery figure makers. Her work is included in Congdon-Martin's "Storytellers & Other Figurative Pottery", Duane Anderson's "When Rain Gods Reigned", Gregory Schaaf's "Southern Pueblo Pottery: 2000 Artist Biographies" and Lillian Peaster's " Pueblo Pottery Families". This Rain God is only a few years old measuring 6.25 inches tall and in perfect condition. Your price $225 ~ Item #ST353. Includes Shipping!

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This Rain God measures 6.75 inches tall and is believed to have been created in the early to mid-1900s. Excellent condition, no cracks, chips. Tesuque Pueblo. Your price $275 ~ Item #RG425 Includes Shipping! SOLD

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A psychedelic Rain God measuring 6.25 inches tall and believed to have been created during the 1960s when poster paints were popular. No cracks, chips. Jemez Pueblo. Your price $225 ~ Item #RG427 Includes Shipping!

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This Rain God measures 6.5 inches tall and is believed to have been created in the very early 1900s. No chips, cracks, very nice patina. Tesuque Pueblo Your price $295 ~ Item #RG426 Includes Shipping!  SOLD

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The Rain God above measures 6.5 inches tall, 50 to 60 years old found in a warehouse box. Pristine condition, no cracks, chips. Jemez Pueblo. Your price $225 ~ Item #ST424 Includes Shipping! SOLD

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Teresa Tapia of Tesuque Pueblo made these classic Rain God (called munas at Tesuque) by gathering and processing her own clay; sculpting it, hand painting and firing the pieces in fire at the pueblo. Open firing of the pieces requires great skill whereas the pieces are very vulnerable to cracking from the heat if it is uneven. Teresa is one of several potters mentioned in Duane Anderson's book “When Rain Gods Reined” who create this genre of figurative pottery. Rain Gods were one of of several types of 'gods' created for the tourist trade in the 1880s, the earliest of which was collected in 1879.

These rain gods have wonderful detailed painting using all natural colors and white slip. Teresa creates an entire miniature world of nature's creatures as well as Rain Gods. She is the daughter of the famous Tesuque painter, Thomas Vigil, and she grew up watching him paint pottery and watercolors. Teresa has been honored as a "Living Treasure" of the Tesuque Pueblo and brings a spiritual quality into all her work "I think about nature," says Teresa. "I think about my great ancestors who brought this talent into the world and into my family. I am thankful to the Great Creator and I am thankful to Mother Clay. She is my teacher. She guides my hand; she gives me clear vision." Created in 2008, this rain god measures 4.25 inches tall. Your price $225 ~ Item #ST267.  Includes Shipping!  SOLD

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