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Lot 258, Auction 5/30/2017: Signed Santa Clara Blackware Wedding Vase - Mida Tafoya

Native American, Southwest, New Mexico, Santa Clara Pueblo, Mida Tafoya (1931-), ca. 1960s to 1970s. A gorgeous, signed blackware wedding vase, hand-built by Mida Tafoya, the granddaughter of Santa Clara pottery matriarch, Serafina (Sara Fina). Born in 1931, Mida has been a potter for more than sixty years. A wonderful example, coil-made of native clay, boasting a highly burnished finish, deeply carved with an image of the serpent deity Avanyu (Awanyu) with an arrow-like tongue, and then pit-fired to black. Signed "Mida Tafoya Santa Clara" on the underside of the base. Size: 5.125" W x 6.25" H (13 cm x 15.9 cm)

Condition: Just a few difficult to see scratches on the surface. Overall excellent.

Provenance: private New Mexico USA collection

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