(American, c. 1887-1980)
Overall: 28.5 x 34 cm (11 1/4 x 13 3/8 in.)
Anonymous Gift 1986.1131
This simple, elegant vessel is likely an early exploration of the blackware ceramic style that Martinez and her husband Julian developed into one of the most influential and sought-after in modern Native American art. The firing technique, not glaze, gives the vessel its dark surface; she reinvented the technique after finding fragments of dark pottery at archaeological sites near her home.
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