Tafoya, Margaret – Plate with Four Avanyu Design (1960s)

12" diameter x 2" deep

$ 4,000.00

This is a large carved plate by Margaret Tafoya.  It is from the 1960s. The plate is coil-built and carved in four panels. Each panel has an avanyu (water serpent) and mountain design.  It is a complex and unusual pattern.  The use of the four sections adds to the complexity of the plate. The entire surface is fully polished, including the back.  It was fired a deep black coloration.  Plates are always difficult to make and Margaret was one of the few potters who was exceptional at making them and having them turn out, especially in large sizes.  The plate is signed on the back, “Margaret Tafoya”.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.