Tafoya, Margaret – 16″ Tall Double Shoulder Water Jar with Bear Paws (1960s)

11.5"w x 16h

$ 15,000.00

This is a classic double-shoulder water jar by Margaret Tafoya. The jar is coil-built, stone polished, and traditionally fired. The shape has a high double shoulder.  The double shoulder isn’t added to the jar, but it is the actual shape of the jar!  It goes in then up to the second shoulder and the up to the neck.  That is a lot of movement for the clay at this size!  The jar has four bear paws encircling the piece.  LuAnn (her daughter) says there is one bear paw for each of the four directions.  The bear paws are impressed or carved into the clay before the piece is fired. The jar is fully polished to a high shine.  The jar was traditionally fired to a silvery black.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Margaret”  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  An elegant and visually striking important historic jar by Margaret Tafoya.