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Jar with Feather Motif

A work made of ceramic and slip.

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  • A work made of ceramic and slip.

Date:

1956–71

Artist:

Maria Montoya Martinez
San Ildefonso, 1886–1980
Popovi Da
San Ildefonso, 1923–1971
San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, United States

About this artwork

In the early 20th century, Maria Martinez and her husband, Julian, revived an ancient Puebloan tradition of making all-black pottery. These works were markedly different from ceramics then being created in San Ildefonso and elsewhere in the Southwest. Martinez polished the clay surface to a high shine and painted matte designs over it. Her vessels were then fired through a technique called “reduction firing,” which causes the clay to turn black. These blackware vessels earned Martinez international acclaim.

Status

On View, Gallery 265

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artists

Maria Martinez , Popovi Da

Culture

San Ildefonso Pueblo

Title

Jar with Feather Motif

Places

San Ildefonso Pueblo (Object made in), New Mexico (Object made in), United States (Object made in)

Date

1956-1971

Medium

Ceramic and slip

Inscriptions

Signed on bottom: Maria / Popovi

Dimensions

22.9 × 22.9 cm (9 × 9 in.) (at widest point)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward H. Weiss

Reference Number

1979.1439

Extended information about this artwork

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