Martinez, Santana & Adam – Large Gunmetal Water Jar with Avanyu (1970s)
This is a stunning large water jar by Santana and Adam Martinez. It is one of their classic shapes with a round shoulder and elongated neck. Adam was the youngest son of Maria Martinez, and Santana (his wife) painted Maria’s pottery in the 1940-50’s. The entire surface of this is fully polished. The design was then painted around the shoulder of the jar. Santana painted the water serpent with her signature elongated horn. The painting on this piece perfectly matches the shape of the vessel. The jar was fired very gunmetal in coloration with works well for the larger size and the shape. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Santana + Adam”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a classic piece!