Tony Da (1940-2008) - San Ildefonso Red Glazed Lidded Jar with Avanyu Design and Five Turquoise Inclusions c. 1970s, 6.25" x 5" x 5"
- Circa: 1970s
- Size: 6.25'' x 5'' x 5''
Signed "DA" on the bottom. This lidded jar is in excellent condition. There are no cracks or chips. There is a tiny slip-pop on the rim and a tiny slip-pop on the body, which are original to the firing of the pot. There is one very small polishing dimple on the body, which is original to the making of the pot. The turquoise stones are also in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. This jar was exhibited at the "Desert Sea & Ice" show at the Lyme Academy Gallery in Old Lyme, Connecticut from December 1987 to February 1988; it was illustrated in their show catalog as no. 91, p. 27. Avanyu is Tewa for “water serpent” and is the Tewa deity, the guardian of water. Avanyu is the "one who lives in the water below the earth, one who carries us through the water of change.” It symbolizes the importance for water to life in the desert and is also associated with lightning in the serpent’s tongue. The curves of the serpent’s body represent flowing water. Avanyu is believed to have birthed the waterways and has the voice of thunder. The sacred Avanyu lives in streams and is feathered with a turquoise horn in the middle of its forehead. The horn moves, sending rain for crops. When the Avanyu creeps on the ground and snaps its tail, it causes thunder, and when its tongue strikes out of it mouth, it causes lightening. Seeing the Avanyu it will bring luck and good health, and it means there is water nearby or that it will rain soon. The San Ildefonso and Santa Clara pueblos of New Mexico commonly use the Avanyu design in their pottery.