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Date: circa 1925
Artist: Maria Martinez
American, San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1887 - 1980
Artist: Julian Martinez (Po-Ca-No)
American, San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1885 - 1943
Dimensions: 2 3/8 x 13 in. (6 x 33 cm)
Medium: matte-on-black ceramic
Credit Line: Gift of Lois Shively, 2013
Description: Maria and Julian Martinez are prime examples of experimental Native American pottery that quickly developed into the traditional pottery of San Ildefonso Pueblo in the twentieth century. This work of art exemplifies the category of a New Mexico prime object of aesthetic change that fits the museum’s mission as the state’s art museum. This is also an example of the works that developed from Edgar Lee Hewett’s Santa Fe Program encouraging “revivals” of Native arts 1910 to 1923. The plate form is one that Maria perfected the form, and Julian’s painting of the feather fan motif comes from Mimbres designs after Walter Fewkes published this design in the early 1920s, for the tourist market.
Object Number: 2013.14.2

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