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Santa Clara Pueblo Globular Black on Black Jar

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Dolores Curran (b.1954-)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: Miniature: 1-½” height x 1-½” diameter
  • Item # C4180F
  • Price: $350.00

Dolores Curran, originally from Santa Clara Pueblo, married and moved to Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo around 1977. She has specialized in miniature pottery since her first piece at age 9. She does not record her designs because she doesn’t want to start copying herself. She prefers to fit each design to the pot on which it goes.  The majority of the pieces she makes are buff on red, so black on black is much rarer.

Dolores Curran (b.1954-) signatureThis round ball seed jar was decorated with adjoining eagle feathers around the top of the piece and an *Avanyu just below the feather designs.  The lower half of the jar was left without decoration and was beautifully finished with a high sheen.

Dolores’s sister is Geri Naranjo who also specializes in miniature pottery. We have shown some of Geri’s pottery as Related Items below.


Condition: this Santa Clara Pueblo Globular Black on Black Jar is in original condition

Provenance: from the collection of a client from Texas who purchased this directly from the artist in 1982.

Recommended Reading: Pueblo Indian Pottery 750 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

*Avanyu:  a deity of the Tewa Pueblos—NambePojoaqueSan IldefonsoSan JuanSanta Clara, and Tesuque—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. 
Dolores Curran (b.1954-)
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: Miniature: 1-½” height x 1-½” diameter
  • Item # C4180F
  • Price: $350.00

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