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Native American Santa Clara Handbuilt Pot in Black - 6 x 6"

Native American Santa Clara Handbuilt Pot in Black - 6 x 6"

$600.00

This beautiful handbuilt and carved pot was created by Santa Clara potter Eric Tafoya. This pot is deeply carved with a water serpent (Avanyu), then traditionally fired. The black is from firing the red clay over and over again and polishing the piece between firings. It is the oxygen that is let in to the hot firing process that creates that blackened surface of the clay. A beautiful piece of Santa Clara pottery. Avanyu symbolizes not only the importance of water in the desert cultures but also pays tribute to the water serpent who saved the people when their land flooded. The serpent came up to the mesa where they were starving and regurgitated all of the seeds they would need to replant their crops and feed themselves. Dimensions: 6 in. tall x 6 in. dia.