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Polished Black Bowl signed Than-Moo-Whé

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Barbara Gonzales (1947- ) Tahn Moo Whe
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 2-1/2” deep x 6” diameter
  • Item # 25901
  • Price: $850.00

Aficionados of pueblo black pottery are divided by choices of plain polished black with no painted design vs. polished black with matte designs.  Either choice is acceptable and there is no apparent difference in value or desirability, only in availability, as very few plain ones have been made compared to the quantity of painted ones.

 

Barbara Gonzales is an excellent potter and an extension of her famous great-grandmother, Maria Martinez, and her grandparents, Adam and Santana Martinez. Her mother, Anita Martinez, was also a potter. Drawing on the traditions of her family, she expanded this tradition by personalizing her pottery with inlaid coral and turquoise on etched black and sienna waresoften inlaid on spider designs which she created in 1973. Early in her career she occasionally made plain black polished pottery, but no longer does so, nor dose any other potter from San Ildefonso.

 

Signature of artist: Barbara Gonzales (1947- ) Than Moo WheThis small bowl is polished on the inside, outside and on the bottom.  Inscribed on the bottom is Than-Moo-Whé 73.

 

Condition: pristine condition

Recommended Reading: The Legacy of Maria Poveka Martinez by Richard L. Spivey (1937 – 2011)

Provenance: from a Santa Fe family collection

Barbara Gonzales (1947- ) Tahn Moo Whe
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Origin: San Ildefonso Pueblo
  • Medium: clay
  • Size: 2-1/2” deep x 6” diameter
  • Item # 25901
  • Price: $850.00

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