Santa Clara Pueblo Black Carved Pictorial Jar [SOLD]


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Linda Tafoya Sanchez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter

This is a brand new, elegantly polished piece of blackware pottery, made by Santa Clara potter Linda Tafoya-Sanchez. It has been offered to Adobe Gallery directly from the artist herself. The shiny and reflective jar contains a carved band around the center, with eight unique symbols of significant meaning.

A few symbolic highlights around the jar are a "windstorm" depicted by a jagged diamond with a cloud in the middle, illustrating the concept of eliminating the old and bringing in the new. Also featured are flying geese on one of the design spaces. Geese hold significant symbolism and can convey teamwork, loyalty, and protection. Additionally, there is a carved butterfly composition, with a spine containing four holes in the middle and wings on either side. Traditionally, the butterfly represents beauty, transformation, and metamorphosis. One other noteworthy element is a mountain pass traveling through the mountain, shown by a diagonal line and two notched mountainous lines on either side. This is likely to symbolize the strenuous but triumphant path of life and its peaks and troughs.

The monochrome jar is signed on the bottom "Linda Tafoya-Sanchez, Santa Clara Pueblo" and marks another excellent contribution to the modern world of pueblo pottery by this innovative and award-winning artist.

Linda Tafoya-Sanchez (1962 - ) formerly signed her pottery Linda Tafoya Oyenque, now she signs as Linda Tafoya-Sanchez. Same person, same beautiful pottery. She is a daughter of Lee and Betty Tafoya and granddaughter of Margaret Tafoya. She credits her aunt Mary Esther Archuleta for training her to be a potter. The family matriarch, Sara Fina Tafoya, seems to have set the standard for members of her family and their output of black pottery. All the family members produce magnificent pottery. Linda has received many awards at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market.

Condition: brand new

Provenance: this Santa Clara Pueblo Black Carved Pictorial Jar is  from the artist


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Alternate view of this blackware vessel.

Linda Tafoya Sanchez, Santa Clara Pueblo Potter
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