Da, Popovi- Gunmetal Jar with Avanyu (865)

5.25"w x 4"h

$ 4,400.00

Popovi Da was a son of potter Maria Martinez.  While he worked with her painting designs on her pottery, he also created a few pieces on his own beginning in 1962.  He was planning to continue making pottery on his own after Maria retired but unfortunately passed away in 1971 before this could occur.  His pottery pieces are definitely a rarity among Pueblo pottery and it is not often that we come across his work.  This is a classic jar with a sharp shoulder and sloping sides.  It is fully polished and painted with an avanyu encircling the jar.  Note the style of the avanyu with the four humps, which creates a lot of detail for the size of the jar.  The piece was fired to a striking glassy gunmetal coloration.  The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Popovi 865” which is the firing date of August 1965.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  Not just a classic, but an iconic piece of his pottery.