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Tall-necked black jar with wide bulge at mid-body. Band (3 1/2" wide) of bas-relief carving encircles vessel at mid-body. Carving depicts an undulating serpent that fills the encircling band. Head of serpent is crested and lightning arrow projects from its mouth.

Signed

In script in pen on base: Margaret Tafoya

Marks

Printed on base: SANTA/CLARA/Margaret Tyfoeya/Pur 4-63 Art K/7500

Provenance

Purchased from the artist, Margaret Tafoya, in Santa Clara in April 1963 by Ward Vickery for his Vickery Oil Company collection; descended to his daughter, Lucinda and her husband, Hal Ottaway of Wichita, Kansas; purchased by Anthony Sobin from the Vickery Oil Company collection for his Santa Fe, New Mexico, art gallery; purchased by MFA from Anthony Sobin Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, December 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.

Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo ), about 1963

Object Place

Santa Clara, New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 43.8cm (17 1/4 in.) Diam.(Overall): 33 cm (13in.)

Accession Number

1996.334

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with polished slip

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware