Naranjo, Nicolasa – Wedding Vase with Avanyu
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. This is one of her classic wedding vases. The piece is painted with a water serpent (avanyu) which encircles the vase. It is fired black. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Nicolasa”.