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Black bulbous jar with wide opening and minimal neck indication. Polished water serpent (Avanyu) undulating around body of vessel. Serpent's head is feathered and lightning arrow symbol emanates from mouth. Two scalloped cloud configurations placed between rim and the downward swing of the...

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Barbara Gonzales (?) Signature incised on base: T(extended crossbar with lightning appended to proper right)/AHN-MOO-WHÉ/(3-cloud symbol)/(in script)"New Moon"


Purchased by Leslie Van Ness Denman (1867-1959), a California collector, around 1920. Descended in the family and sold by a relative (probably her son) to Adobe Gallery in 1994. Purchased from Adobe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Independence Investment Associates, Inc.


Reproduced with permission.

Native American (San Idelfonso Pueblo), about 1919–20

Object Place

San Ildefonso, New Mexico, United States


21.59 cm (8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with polished slip




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware