Water jar

Native American (Santa Clara Pueblo )
about 1963
Potter Margaret Tafoya (Native American, 1904–2001), Carved by Alcario Tafoya (Native American, 1900–1995)

Object Place: Santa Clara, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 43.8cm (17 1/4 in.) Diam.(Overall): 33 cm (13in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with polished slip

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)


Americas, Contemporary Art



Tall-necked black jar with wide bulge at mid-body. Band (3 1/2” wide) of bas-relief carving encircles vessel at mid-body. Carving depicts an undulating serpent that fills the encircling band. Head of serpent is crested and lightning arrow projects from its mouth.


In script in pen on base: Margaret Tafoya


Printed on base: SANTA/CLARA/Margaret Tyfoeya/Pur 4-63 Art K/7500


Purchased from the artist, Margaret Tafoya, in Santa Clara in April 1963 by Ward Vickery for his Vickery Oil Company collection; descended to his daughter, Lucinda and her husband, Hal Ottaway of Wichita, Kansas; purchased by Anthony Sobin from the Vickery Oil Company collection for his Santa Fe, New Mexico, art gallery; purchased by MFA from Anthony Sobin Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, December 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by John S. Montgomery


Reproduced with permission.