Bernice Suazo Naranjo has created a beautiful avanyu design clay vessel. The avanyu is a water serpent that the Pueblo people consider to be the guardian of water.
Depicted as a horned serpent with lightning emerging from its mouth, the avanyu is believed to live in the Rio Grande and its tributaries.
Naranjo utilized her beautiful stone polishing skills to create a bold background for sgraffito, which is done by scratching through a surface to reveal a lower layer of contrasting color, emphasizing her geometric and avanyu design.
Vessel measures 2-3/8” long x 2-5/8” wide x 5-3/4” Tall
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