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This a classic jar by Maria Martinez and her son, Popovi Da. Maria made and stone polished the bowl while it was painted and fired by her son, Popovi Da (1923-1971). Popovi focused on both the painted surfaces of the pottery as well as the firings. This jar has a round body and a short neck. There is a water serpent (avanyu) as the design, which encircles the piece. The jar was fired to a glassy black coloration. t is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria / Popovi”. The signature shows that is in an early piece from between 1956-9. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. There is a slight indention near the base, which is polished over, so pre-firing, and can be seen in the photos. It is certainly a classic by Maria and Popovi Da!