Naranjo, Madeline – Large Jar with Carved Avanyu (1970’s)
Madeline Naranjo (b. 1916) was known for her deep carved pottery. This is a larger jar with a very deeply carved avanyu (water serpent). The avanyu is an important image in Santa Clara pottery, telling the story of the water serpent who saved the village from a flood. The jar has a round body and an elongated neck. The avanyu encircles the jar. The neck is fully polished and a striking contrast to the carved section. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Madeline Naranjo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. While Madeline no longer makes pottery, her work is certainly a classic and her legacy continues in the pottery of her granddaughter, Madeline E. Naranjo.