Naranjo, Madeline – Open Fully Polished Bowl with Carved Avanyu (1969)
Madeline Naranjo (1916-2020) was known for her deep carved pottery. This is an open bowl which is carved around the outside with a water serpent (avanyu). 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 bowl is also fully polished on the inside as all the outside design. Note how the bowl is carved, with the use of the negative space of the outer edge to create the flow of the design. The inside of the bowl is also fully polished! The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Madeline Naranjo”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Madeline’s legacy continues in the pottery of her granddaughter, Madeline E. Naranjo.