Eagle Feather Design Plate signed Marie & Santana


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Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter

Maria and Julian Martinez had four sons: Adam, John, Popovi Da, and Philip.  Adam’s wife was Santana and it was she who worked with Maria following the death of Julian in 1943.  There are two periods of pottery that were collaborated by Maria and Santana.  The earlier ones were signed Marie + Santana and that period lasted from Julian’s death in 1943 until 1956, at which time Popovi Da replaced Santana and helped his mom.  Maria did not immediately stop working with Santana when she began working with Popovi but did continue on and off for a few more years.  Those later pieces are signed Maria + Santana.


Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez and Santana - signaturesThis Black-on-black plate is signed with the earlier signature Marie + Santana, indicating that it was made between 1943 and 1956.  The matte black design is that of eagle feathers, a favorite design of Julian's and one continued by Santana and Popovi Da.


Condition: very good condition.  Well taken care of over the last three-quarters of a century.

Recommended Reading: The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard Spivey.  This book is currently not available from Adobe Gallery

Provenance: from a family collection from Missouri

Maria Montoya Poveka Martinez, San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter
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