July, 1966

María Martinez

(American, c. 1887-1980)

and Popovi Da

(American, 1921-1971)


Overall: 5.6 x 30.3 x 5.6 cm (2 3/16 x 11 15/16 x 2 3/16 in.)

Gift of Frances and David Dickenson in memory of Sarah Dickenson and Jeffrey Cudlip 2003.348


Martinez, the Southwest’s most famous modern potter, formed this plate, and Popovi Da, her son, painted it without the use of a template. The design, remarkable for its precision and balance, features mountains (the stepped forms at the center) and either rain or snow (the parallel lines); a motif representing water or clouds appear on the rim.

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