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wedding vase with Avanyu design
  • Pablita Tafoya Chavarria
    1914–1979, active 1930–1979
    active: United States
  • wedding vase with Avanyu design, mid 1900s–1976
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • ceramic, carving, burnishing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 26.5 x 17 x 12.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 3/8 x 6 11/16 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann P. Schlager
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4616

The wedding vase has a round body, two tall necks and prominent pourspouts. The strap joins the necks. The decorated band around the body is matte black, with the serpent-like figure, identified as Avanyu, in relief. He has an undulating body and lightning-like tongue with a triangle at the end. It is glossy black.