It measures 5 1/4" tall, 7 3/4" wide and weighs 2 pounds 9 ounces. This bowl has a decorative band directly below the narrow neck of the pot.
A wide-eyed avanyu, or horned serpent, encircles the pot and slithers inside the band. The serpent's tongue almost touches the tip of his tail.
The snake's body movements seem alive; a tribute to the appreciation the Pueblo peoples have for nature and life. The decorations on the pot give the bowl a personality and unique individualized look. It has a carved signature on the bottom "Maria + Santana". 11, 2013 had it appraised at the Old Adobe Traders in Santa Ynez Valley. Merlin Carlson, owner of Old Adobe Traders, is a knowledgeable and sought-after appraiser for both museum and private collections.He is the most frequently recommended appraiser for Native American collections by the major museums in the Los Angeles area. As noted, the 2 chips are on the inside of the rim.
They measure 1/4" X 3/16" and 3/4" X 3/8". I can see some light scratches, but no other flaws. About the artists: Maria Montoya Martinez (1887 - 1980) was a Native American artist who created internationally known pottery. Martinez (born Maria Antonia Montoya), her husband Julian, and other family members examined traditional Pueblo pottery styles and techniques to create pieces which reflect the Pueblo peoples legacy of fine artwork and crafts.Santana and Adam Martinez both came from famous San Ildefonso pottery families. Adam was the oldest son of Maria and Julian Martinez and learned to make pottery from his parents. He and his wife, Santana, lived with Maria and Julian for several years after they were married. During that time Julian trained Santana in the fine art of pottery painting. After Julian passed away in 1943 Santana began painting for Maria.
Prior to that time she signed her name "Marie" when working with Santana (who executed the painting while Maria formed the pots). Pottery created by Maria and Santana is highly desirable. Their work is found in many prestigious museums. As well as public and private collections all over the world.
You may enjoy viewing the other Pueblo pottery I have on separate auctions at this time, with more to come.. The item "San Ildefonso Pottery Bowl With Water Serpent Signed Maria & Santana + Appraisal" is in sale since Tuesday, September 06, 2016. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Cultures & Ethnicities\Native American\ US\1935-Now\Pottery". The seller is "oz5477" and is located in Summerland, California.
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