Martinez, Maria – Gunmetal Jar with Avanyu (Maria Popovi 463)
This is a wide shoulder jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and polished the jar while it was painted by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). The jar is highly polished and has the classic water serpent (avanyu) painted around the shoulder. This particular shape, with the round body and the sloping sides, is easily one of Maria’s most famous forms. The firing is quite stunning with a nearly full gunmetal in coloration and a very high shine. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi 463“. The signature indicates that it was made around in April 1963. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.