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Bowl: New Moon

Native American (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
Barbara Pino Gonzales (Native American, born in 1947)

Object Place: Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States


Other (Height x D): 28.3 x 8.3 cm (11 1/8 x 3 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with micaceous slip, turquoise, round coral beads (Mediterranean coral, Corallium rubrum)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Black-on-black open bowl form. Interior with incised and inlaid symbols including a turquoise Earth circling a large organically-shaped turquoise sun inlaid in the center of the bowl. The turquoise sun is placed within a polished black circle covering the bowl bottom. A wide band of matte black with flecks of mica surrounds the sun’s circle. Within the band are eight incised cross symbols with a coral bead at each center. The Earth’s turquoise trail separates the band of matte black from the polished black rim. The exterior is matte-black with flecks of mica and incised crosses.

Material Details:
Round coral beads are Mediterranean coral (Corallium rubrum)


Incised on base: T[with lightening symbol attached] AHN-MOO-WHE/[cloud symbol under name]/ "New Moon" [in script]


Purchased by MFA, 1998, from the artist.

Credit Line

Gift of Nathaniel T. Dexter