This is an exceptional lidded jar by Ray Tafoya. The jar has a realistic buffalo etched around the neck. Below is a stylized Buffalo Dancer. On either side of the medallion are a male and female Buffalo Dancer. Around the neck are etched feathers and separating the two dancers are prayer feather desigsn. The lid of the piece has a buffalo on the top. There are coral and turquoise additions on the buffalo lid. Ray used an additional red clay color to accentuate the designs. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay along with his hallmark, “White Mountain”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Note how many of the geometric designs are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Tafoya.
Ray Tafoya was an innovator in incised pottery with his use of Mimbres designs and larger plain surfaces with highlighted designs. He was a brother of Paul Speckled Rock and Kenneth Tafoya. He was a grandson of Severa Tafoya, the husband of Emily Tafoya and the father of Jennifer Moquino. He was known for his incised miniature pottery with designs highlighted by additional clay slips.