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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.


In script in pen on base: Margaret Tafoya


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


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


Reproduced with permission.

Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo ), about 1963

Object Place

Santa Clara, New Mexico, United States


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

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Medium or Technique

Earthenware with polished slip




Ceramics, Pottery, Earthenware