Naranjo, Christina – 13″ Tall 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 the largest piece of her pottery we have had in the gallery. It is a tall water jar with a long neck. Around the body of the piece, it is fully carved with a water serpent (avanyu), as the design. The avanyu encircles the jar in a band of design but note the exceptional complexity of the imagery. The area clouds and rain and lightning in the pattern and they utilize the normal band but also the negative space. The long neck is also fully polished. 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.