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Artist Maria Martinez (American, 1887–1980)
Culture Pueblo
Artist Julian Martinez (American, 1897–1943)
Culture Tewa
Culture San Ildefonso Pueblo
Title Jar
Date Before 1923
Medium Clay
Dimensions rim diameter: 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm)
Object: 14 3/8 × 9 1/2 in. (36.5 × 24.1 cm)
Overall: 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (36.5 x 24.1 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Rudolf Gottfried, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 83.35.1

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While best known for the black-on-black style of her pottery, Maria Martinez was well-known among her peers long before meeting Edgar Hewett.

The decorative band around the body of the jar is a motif that Julian Martinez frequently used: it is in the form of an avanyu, a Tewa deity that protects water and is represented as a plumed or horned serpent.

Provenance research is ongoing for this and many other items in the Eskenazi Museum of Art permanent collection. For more information about the provenance of this artwork, please contact the department curator with specific questions.

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