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Plate with Feather Design

c. 1943–51
(San Ildefonso Pueblo, about 1887–1980)
(San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1909–2002)
Overall: 4 x 38.5 cm (1 9/16 x 15 3/16 in.)
This artwork is known to be under copyright.
Location: not on view

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María Martinez and her husband, Julián, achieved international fame for black-on-black ware, which they began to make in 1918. The process involves painting a pattern in slip—a creamy mix of clay and water—on a surface that has already been uniformly slipped and then polished. With firing, the exposed polished areas become glossy while the second layer of slip retains a matte finish. Along with her husband, María Martinez worked with other family members, here her daughter-in-law Santana Roybal Martinez.
Plate with Feather Design

Plate with Feather Design

c. 1943–51

María Martinez, Santana Roybal Martinez

(San Ildefonso Pueblo, about 1887–1980), (San Ildefonso Pueblo, 1909–2002)
Southwest, Pueblo, San Ildefonso, Post-Contact Period, 20th century

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