Tafoya, Shirley – Mini Canteen with Double Spout and Gourd Design
Shirley Tafoya was known for her exceptional miniatures. Each piece was coil built, stone polished and traditionally fired. This is an unusual shape with a double spout on the canteen. The one spout is taller than the other, which has a wood cork in it (which is removable). Around the side of the canteen are the classic “gourd” indentions, which come from the gourd shards used to smooth out the pottery when it is being made. The piece is highly polished. There is a leather strap which is interested in the two holes on the side. Note as well there is a tiny etched cloud design on the side. Shirley was so wonderfully talented and her miniatures were always inspired by traditional Santa Clara Pueblo shapes and forms. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Shirley Cactus Blossom Tafoya”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.
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