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Cleo Teissedre

Vintage 1985 Cleo Teissedre Navajo Chief Sculpture Signed by Artist

Vintage 1985 Cleo Teissedre Navajo Chief Sculpture Signed by Artist

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Vintage, Old Store Stock. MINT Condition. Authentic Cleo Teissedre Navajo Chief Sculpture. Signed, 1985. Hand painted in Pastel colors red ochre, teal, cream, brown, black and turquoise blue. Made of a material called hydrocal cement. The Chief is draped in a blanket wearing a head band, has braids and hair in buns in back. Jewelry is Turquoise stone necklaces, and two rings. A large turquoise stone bracelet mounted on silver and stone earrings. Also wearing a silver and turquoise Concho belt. There are No Chips or Scratches.


All Photographs are Original and are not stock photos.

  • Category: Navajo Chief
  • Year: 1985
  • Item Type: Ceramic Sculpture
  • Colors: Pastel colors red ochre, teal, cream, brown, black and turquoise blue
  • Condition: In Excellent condition. No Chips, Nicks, Cracks or Crazing.
  • Size: 12 inches in height by 3 inches in depth and 5 inches in length
  • Weight: ABT 4 pounds
  • Artist: Cleo Teissedre

  • Native Americans believed that all things were alive. They thought that Turquoise was alive with positive energy, which aided mental functions and communication and acted as a protector. Many of these beliefs have endured to the present day. Turquoise stands for water and for sky, for bountiful harvests, health and protection, Turquoise bracelets, necklaces and rings are wearable bank accounts; in the past, Native Americans used pieces as deposits for goods needed from traders. All Native Americans believe that the earth is living, and all things are precious. Turquoise is no exception, representing life, and is highly revered because of its color-changing properties.

    The Concho Belt has become a long-standing Native tradition. Concho belts reportedly began appearing in Navajo country in the late 1860s or early 1870s.

    This is a beautifully done Navajo Man Sculpture piece to add to your southwest art collection.

    Cleo Teissedre was a well known artist from Tucson, AZ. She was born on Aug. 31, 1930 and passed away on June 25, 2020. She was known for producing Native American-style Navajo Storyteller Pottery pieces. The figurines are hand-painted by Teissedre. The tile is hand glazed, the storytellers are hand painted, and the pottery is hand drawn. In the tile, sculpture and pottery line, you will never see two pieces that are exactly alike, because they are hand-done. Pottery figurines of Teissedre are increasing in price and are rarer as they disappear into private collections. No new pottery figurines are made.

    Items that I sell that are marked vintage, antique or collectible may show some signs of wear to the original boxes or original package when available. See pictures for detail. All of my items come from a smoke-free environment. I do combine shipping on multiple items.

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