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jar with Avanyu design
  • Juanita Peña, artist
    active circa 1920–1940s?
    active: United States
    Tony Peña, artist
    active circa 1940s?
    active: United States
  • jar with Avanyu design, early 1900s
  • Where object was made: San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, United States
  • ceramic, carving, burnishing
  • Object Height/Diameter: 23.5 x 22.5 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 9 1/4 x 8 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0979

Glossy black jar with straight neck. Serpent-like figure, identified as Avanyu, decorates the neck and shoulder. The area around the figure is carved away, leaving him in relief. He has a jagged tongue with a triangle at the end and two stepped triangular projections from his back and two leg-like extensions from the his belly.