Native American (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
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
Overall: 21.6 × 33 cm (8 1/2 × 13 in.)
Medium or Technique
Earthenware with polished slip
Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)
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.
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"
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.
Museum purchase with funds donated by Independence Investment Associates, Inc.
Reproduced with permission.