Gonzales, Cavan – Polychrome Jar with Feather Design and Polished Base
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 sloping sides. The area below the shoulder is fully polished to a high shine. There is one painted tadpole in the polished area. Above the shoulder, the jar is painted with black and red on a tan background. There is a feather pattern along with rain and cloud designs. 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.