Martinez, Maria – Red Jar with Bird Wings “Maria Popovi” (1956-9)
It is not often that we get in a redware 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 painted buff-on-red. The piece has bird wings, rain, and lightning designs. It was fired a deep red coloration. The jar is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Maria Popovi“. The signature indicates that it was made between 1956-9 before Popovi Da began using firing dates. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.