Bowl

Bowl

about 1921
Artist
Maria Martinez, San Ildefonso, American, 1886- 20 July 1980
Work Locations: San Ildefonso pueblo
Julian Martinez, San Ildefonso, American, 1885-1943
Born: San Ildefonso pueblo
Work Locations: San Ildefonso pueblo
Culture
San Ildefonso
bowl
clay
Gift of Frederic H. Douglas
1954.454

Maria Martinez and Julian Martinez (San Ildefonso, 1886-1880; 1885-1943), Bowl, about 1921. Clay; 8 ¾ x 14 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of Frederic H. Douglas, 1954.454

This object is currently on view
Dimensions
height: 8.75 in, 22.2250 cm; diameter: 14 in, 35.5600 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America
Maria Martinez is probably the most famous American Indian potter of the twentieth century. She worked closely with her husband, Julian Martinez, who sometimes painted designs on the pottery she sculpted. This pot is one of the first they created using the matte black on polished black technique—a technique that became their signature. Their innovation shaped a new tradition for San Ildefonso pottery and influenced many artists both within and outside the Indian community.
Known Provenance
Made by Maria Martinez and Julian Martinez, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in about 1921. Mrs. C. W. Douglas obtained in 1922 or 1923; Frederic H. Douglas, of Denver, Colorado, before 1954; Denver Art Museum, 1954.
Exhibition History
  • “Jeffrey Gibson: Like A Hammer” — Denver Art Museum, 5/13/2018 – 8/12/2018