may 19, 1945 - Black-on-black ceramic vessel
Mid-20th century CE
Maria Martinez and Julian Martinez
Tewa, Puebloan, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico
Born Maria Antonia Montoya, Maria Martinez became one of the best-known Native potters of the twentieth century due to her excellence as a ceramist and her connections with a larger, predominantly non-Native audience. Though she lived at the Pueblo of San Ildefonso, about 20 miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, from her birth in 1887 until her death in 1980, her work and her life had a wide reaching importance to the Native art world by reframing Native ceramics as a fine art.
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