Naranjo, Christina – Large Jar with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)
Christina Naranjo was a daughter of SaraFina Tafoya and a sister of Margaret Tafoya and Camilio Tafoya. She was known for her classic style carved Santa Clara pottery. This is definitely one of the larger pieces of her fully carved pottery we have had in the gallery. The jar has a round body and a short neck. The body of the jar is fully carved with a water serpent (avanyu) that encircles the entire vessel. There are cloud and rain designs that extend downward from the negative space on the neck of the jar. The body of the avanyu is complex and flowing in pattern. The style of her carving is certainly significantly different than that of her sister, Margaret Tafoya. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Christina Naranjo”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Christina has a wonderful legacy in the work of her daughters Mary Cain and Teresita Naranjo, as well as her great-granddaughters Tammy Garcia and Autumn Borts.