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jar with Avanyu design
  • Pablita Tafoya Chavarria
    1914–1979, active 1930–1979
    active: United States
    Stella Tafoya Chavarria
    born 1939, active 1955–?
    active: United States
  • jar with Avanyu design, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, carving
  • Object Height/Diameter: 20 x 21.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 7 7/8 x 8 7/16 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • On view: Kress Gallery, 407, C6
  • 2002.0201

Wide necked jar, black, with a deeply carved serpent relief circling shoulder. The serpent is the Avanyu, the horned serpent that represents the water spirit in traditional Santa Clara folklore.