Naranjo, Nicolasa – Water Jar with Avanyu and Plant Designs (1970s)
Nicolasa Naranjo was a daughter of potter Tomasita Tafoya Naranjo and a niece of Margaret Tafoya. She created a wide variety of pieces over the years of her pottery career, including polychrome pieces as well as black-on-black pottery. The jar has a high, sharp shoulder and a sloping neck. Around the body of the piece is a water serpent (avanyu) that is painted with cloud patterns. The neck of the jar has rain and plant designs. It was fired a glossy black. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa”.