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CAS Anthropology Collections Database


Catalog Number

CAS 0370-1124   CAS 0370-1124; Painting
Category Visual Arts
Object Name Painting
Culture Santa Clara Pueblo
Global Region North America
Country USA
State/Prov./Dist. New Mexico
County Rio Arriba
Other Geographic Data Santa Clara Pueblo
Maker's Name Pablita Velarde (Tse Tsan) (1918 - 2006)
Date of Manufacture 1958
Collection Name Elkus Collection (Native American)
Materials Opaque watercolor on mat board
Description Painting entitled "Red Birds" depicting 2 stylized birds with long necks and legs whose plumage is predominantly red with black and white geometric markings on wings and tails; Stylized plants are depicted in foreground; Zigzag horizon line is just below center, with yellow terraced formation (mesa or kiva steps) rising toward upper left corner in background; Signature "Pablita Velarde" is printed in lower right corner. Pablita Velarde is the mother of Helen Hardin, whose early paintings are represented in the CAS painting collection, and the sister of Legoria Tafoya, whose pottery is represented in the CAS pottery collection.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 48.4, Length = 38.5