Tafoya, Ray – Multi-Color Green Oval Seedpot with Mimbres Big Horn Sheep (1987)
1.75"long x 1.25"h
This is a classic miniature seedpot by Ray Tafoya. The piece is fully polished and oval in shape. It is one of his iconic green polished pieces. The seedpot has a Mimbres-style Big Horn Sheep as the main design on the top and side. It is surrounded by prayer feathers, plant, and rain designs. All the different colors are derived from natural clay slips with four different colors of clay added to this piece. The eye of the ram is also the hole for the seedpot! Note how many of the designs surrounding the butterfly are similar to ones used today by his daughter, Jennifer Tafoya. The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom with his hallmark which means “White Mountain” in Tewa.
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 Tafoya. He was known for his incised miniature pottery with designs highlighted by additional clay slips.