Antique Tonita Roybal Avanyu Pottery from the Pueblo de San Ildefonso
This is an antique piece of Native American pottery by one of the finest potters of the twentieth century named Tonita Roybal. She lived from 1892–1945 in the Pueblo de San Ildefonso in New Mexico, and began making pottery in 1909, with her husband Juan painting her pieces beginning in 1917. The black on black style of pottery became popular in the 1920s, so this piece is probably from the 1920s-30s.
This piece is decorated with a design that is rarely seen on Tonita's pottery. A long creature called the Avanyu, or water serpent, wraps around the entire piece with an arrow coming out of its mouth.
This piece has quite a lot of surface scuffing, but no chips or cracks. The interior has a stain around the middle like maybe someone used it as a planter at some point in its life. It is signed on the bottom, "Tonita & Juan".
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