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Storage Jar

A work made of burnished blackware ceramic.

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  • A work made of burnished blackware ceramic.


c. 1900


Sara Fina Tafoya
Santa Clara, 1863–1949
Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

About this artwork

A Tewa ceramist from Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico, Sara Fina Tafoya became well known in the early 20th century for making large, burnished, blackware ceramics, often with bear paw motifs like this example. Her legacy as the matriarch of a renowned family of potters continues today: a work by her grandson Joseph Lonewolf (1932–2014) is also in the the Arts of the Americas collection.


On View, Gallery 161


Arts of the Americas


Sara Fina Tafoya


Storage Jar


Santa Clara Pueblo (Object made in)

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Burnished blackware ceramic


68.6 × 61 cm (27 × 24 in.)

Credit Line

Edward Johnson, Mrs. Leonard S. Florsheim, Grant J. Pick Purchase, Henry Horner Straus Memorial, and African and Amerindian Curator's Discretionary funds

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