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The husband-and-wife team of Maria and Julian Martinez led the revival of pottery making in San Ildefonso pueblo during the first half of the twentieth century, with Maria forming and polishing the pots and Julian decorating them. After Julian’s death in 1943, Maria partnered with a daughter-in law, Santana, until 1956, and then with her son Popovi Da. This tray features a feather motif, a pattern often seen on the ceramics decorated by him.

Maria Montoya Martinez
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1887–1980)
and Popovi Da
(San Ildefonso Pueblo [Tewa], 1922–1971)
March 1966
Diam. 6 13/16 in. (17.3 cm)
Gift of Helen L. Enslow in honor of the Enslow Grandaughters, Sarah, Rachel, and Ruth, 2011.275