Bowl

Native American (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
about 1919–20
Potter Maria Montoya Martinez (Poveka or Water Pond Lily) (Native American, 1887–1980), Painter Julian Martinez (Native American, 1885–1943)


Object Place: San Ildefonso, New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 21.6 × 33 cm (8 1/2 × 13 in.)

Accession Number

1996.241

Medium or Technique

Earthenware with polished slip

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Earthenware

Black bulbous jar with wide opening and minimal neck indication. Polished water serpent (Avanyu) undulating around body of vessel. Serpent’s head is feathered and lightning arrow symbol emanates from mouth. Two scalloped cloud configurations placed between rim and the downward swing of the serpent’s body.

Inscription

Barbara Gonzales (?)
Signature incised on base: T(extended crossbar with lightning appended to proper right)/AHN-MOO-WHÉ/(3-cloud symbol)/(in script)"New Moon"

Provenance

Purchased by Leslie Van Ness Denman (1867-1959), a California collector, around 1920. Descended in the family and sold by a relative (probably her son) to Adobe Gallery in 1994. Purchased from Adobe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1996.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Independence Investment Associates, Inc.

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.