Tafoya, Camilio – Long Neck Jar with Rabbit Lid (1979)
This is an unusual lidded jar by Camilio Tafoya. It was made in in1979. The jar is coil-built and fully polished, even the bottom! He etched a feather, rain, and lightning design around the shoulder of the jar. Along the neck are cloud and plant patterns. It is a complex and flowing design that matches the shape of the piece. The lid of the jar is a figurative rabbit. It is unusual to see a lid on his pieces, and the realistic style of the lid, with a polished and etched rabbit is even more unique. Why the rabbits? I asked Grace once, as both she and Camilio used them on a lot of their pottery and she said they were one of her favorite animals and he did them thinking of her! Both the lid and the jar were traditionally fired red. The piece is signed on the bottom “Camilio Sunflower Tafoya”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Camilio first began making larger carved pottery like his sister, Margaret Tafoya. In the 1970s he began making pieces on his own when he was living with his daughter Grace Medicine Flower. All of the etching on his pieces was done before they were fired so that he was able to get the smooth tan coloration in the background.