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Generous Polychrome Santa Clara Jar

Belen Tapia

About The Generous Polychrome Santa Clara Jar

This striking jar features a Southwest mainstay in pottery decoration, the avanyu (a plumed serpent).

Savvy Price $550.00

Gallery Price $650.00

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Description

This striking jar features a Southwest mainstay in pottery decoration, the avanyu (a plumed serpent).

About the Artist

(1914-1999) Belen Tapia, a Santa Clara potter, was known best for her polychrome redware bowls, jars, wedding vases and plates. She also made prize-winning red and blackware vessels with carved designs.

Tapia was Sara Fina's niece and Margaret Tafoya's first cousin.

The colorful earthtone colors applied to the outside of her polished redwares were derived from colorful clays collected in private locations around the Pararito Plateau. These clays were ground into fine powders before being made into a soupy slip, painted onto Belen's creations by her husband Ernest Tapia.

Medium Hand-coiled polished and painted redware pottery
Size 6 1/2" height X 8" maximum diameter
Signed "Belen Tapia Santa Clara Pueblo" is inscribed underneath
Condition Condition is good, not excellent, due to two slip flaws as seen in last two photos
Provenance KM-16