Roybal, Tonita – Water Jar with Avanyu Design (1920’s)
Tonita Roybal is one of the great innovative names in San Ildefonso pottery. This is a classic shape for Tonita, with the low, round shoulder and the turned out rim. What is unusual is the use of the avanyu or water serpent, as the design. She painted a variety of designs, but very rarely depicted the water serpent on her pottery. The jar here is fired to a near gunmetal finish and it is delicately painted and beautifully polished. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tonita” It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.