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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 low shoulder and sloping sides. The area above the shoulder is fully polished a deep red. It is painted with a feather design in two sections, separated by cloud, snow, and prayer feather designs. The area below the shoulder has a black band and is matte tan. There is a single painted tadpole, which Cavan often uses on his pottery. 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.