"A portrait is a picture in which there is just a tiny little something not quite right about the mouth." -- John Singer Sargent

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Po' Pay

This 2005 statue of Po' Pay by Cliff Fragua is on display in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center, in Washington, DC.
"Po’pay (1630?–before 1692) New Mexico, Marble by Cliff Fragua, 2005. Pueblo religious and spiritual leader. Born in San Juan Pueblo, now New Mexico. Organizer of the Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish in 1680, which helped ensure the survival of the Pueblo culture and shaped the history of the American Southwest. Holds a bear fetish and the knotted rope used to coordinate the timing of the uprising; the sculpture includes a pot, a symbol of Pueblo culture." --The Architect of the Capitol

New Mexico
Po' Pay
Holy man - Farmer - Defnder
Leader of the Indian Pueblo Revolt
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo)

"The bear fetish in his right hand symbolizes the center of the Pueblo world, the Pueblo religion." -- Cliff Fragua
"On his back are the scars that remain from the whipping he received for his participation and faith in the Pueblo ceremonies and religion." -- Cliff Fragua

C.  Fragua 2005 

Einar Einarsson Kvaran (aka Carptrash) took this photo of the dedication of the Po'Pay monument. It appears in Wikipedia.

"The unveiling and dedication of the Popé statue in the National Statuary Hall Collection, September 2005. The man is sculptor Cliff Fragua. The woman is unidentified so far."

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