Martinez, Maria – Bowl with Feather Pattern (Maria Popovi 769)
This is a rounded bowl by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the bowl while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). The bowl is highly polished and has the traditional eagle feather pattern painted in matte around the shoulder. Typical of the work of Popovi Da, the feathers are perfectly painted with each feather nearly the same width as the one next to it. It is remarkable as Popovi painted them free-hand and each feather would be painted over several times. The shape of this bowl is one of Maria’s classics, as the round shoulder accentuated the shape of the feathers. The firing is a very highly polished black with a mirror-like shine. The bowl is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 769“. The signature indicates that it was made around in Jul 1969. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.