Tafoya Dasheno, Rosita – Polychrome Bowl with Lightning Designs (1950s)
Rosita Tafoya (1919-2013) was a daughter of noted potter Severa Tafoya. She was a sister of Angela Baca. She made very little pottery during her career. This is a fully polished open bowl with handles. The piece is painted with four lightning and rain designs. She used red and gray colored clays along with a white outline. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is some slip loss on the painted areas. It is signed, “Rosita Tafoya”. Interestingly, there is one of her paintings in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian from 1936 when she was in the Santa Fe Indian School (click here to see the painting).