Naranjo, Celestina – Polychrome Jar with Avanyu (1950s)
Celestina Tafoya Naranjo was a daughter of Pasqualita Tafoya and a niece of Sarafina Tafoya. She began making pottery in the 1930s and continued through the 1980s. This polychrome jar was originally purchased in the 1950s. It has a round body and an elongated neck. The neck of the jar has mountain designs while there is a water serpent encircling the piece. The designs are all outlined in white. The blue and taupe color are colors that are often seen in polychrome Santa Clara pottery from the 1950s. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Celestina”.