Martinez, Maria – Jar with Feather and Cloud Design (Maria + Santana, 1954-6)
This is a classic jar by Maria Martinez. It was made by Maria Martinez and painted by her daughter-in-law Santana Martinez (the wife of Adam Martinez, Maria’s son). It is very highly polished and has a glassy surface. The design is a feather pattern which encircles the shoulder of the jar. Around the shoulder is a cloud pattern. The shape of the bowl has a wide shoulder and a sloping neck. The feathers are painted very tightly from the rim to the neck. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria + Santana”. The jar is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.