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Extremely Small Carved Jar with Avanyu Design

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Nancy Youngblood (1955- ) Yellow Aspen
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: Miniature in scale
    1” height x 2” diameter
  • Item # C4122D
  • Price: $3,250.00

One has to be impressed by the work of Nancy Youngblood.  The detail she achieves in pottery creations is practically inconceivable.  Whether it is the absolute perfection of keeping parallel the swirling lines of a seed jar or the consistent depth in carved designs, she excels.  

There is probably no one who does not know who Nancy Youngblood is, but, if that is not the case, then here is a short introduction to her.  She is the granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya and daughter of Mela Youngblood. She is a master craftsperson and certainly one of the most famous younger potters of today.  Nancy is known for her patience in making the most precise and perfect pottery. She spares no effort in producing the perfect pot. For more information on her, check the more detailed biography on our website by clicking here.

This two-inch diameter seed jar has a polished black rim, a carved *Avanyu encircling the shoulder and a stone-polished underbody.  It is signed Nancy Youngblood Cutter and dated July 1979 on the underside.  

Nancy was only 24 years old when she made this jar, an age when many potters have not yet achieved such perfection in their work.  She was, however, already a perfectionist, as well illustrated in this seed jar.


Condition: this Extremely Small Carved Jar with Avanyu Design is in very good condition with only extremely minor surface scratches

Provenance: from the estate of a client from Colorado

Recommended Reading:  Pueblo Pottery Families by Lillian Peaster

*Avanyu:  a deity of the Tewa Pueblos—San Ildefonso, Tesuque, San Juan, Santa Clara, Nambe, and Pojoaque—and is the guardian of water. He is represented as a horned or plumed serpent with curves suggestive of flowing water or the zig-zag of lightning. He appears on the walls of caves located high above canyon rivers in New Mexico and Arizona and may be related to the feathered serpent of Mesoamerica— Quetzalcoatl and related deities. 
Nancy Youngblood (1955- ) Yellow Aspen
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: Miniature in scale
    1” height x 2” diameter
  • Item # C4122D
  • Price: $3,250.00

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