Tse-Pe, Dora – Red Jar with Avanyu (1989)
This is a classic jar by Dora Tse-Pe. She learned to make pottery from her mother-in-law Rose Gonzales and continued her work in a similar style of cameo carving. This jar has a water serpent (avanyu) carved around the top of the shoulder. The avanyu is slipped in a micaceous clay. There is a single inset piece of turquoise for the eye. The neck and base of the jar are both fully polished to a very high shine. The contrast of the matte and polished surfaces work perfectly on this jar. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Dora of San Ildefonso”.