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This is a classic polychrome jar by Cavan Gonzales. He is a descendant of Maria Martinez, through her son Adam Martinez and the son of Barbara Gonzales. Cavan is one of the few potters today who continues to make traditional San Ildefonso polychrome pottery. This jar has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The rim of the jar is fluted or has a “raindrop rim”. The neck has a checkerboard pattern. Above the shoulder are five angular flower designs. Below the shoulder, the jar is fully polished a deep red. There are tadpoles painted on the surface. The jar has been traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom, “Cavan Gonzales Eagle Tail”. “Eagle Tail” is a translation of his name in Tewa. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repairs.