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Circular Shallow Bowl

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Utilizing traditional hand-coiling techniques, vessel forms, and open-trench firing, Maria Martinez invented a unique style of pottery featuring black-on-black designs (as seen here), which had never been done before.

Martinez began potting to provide income for her family, collaborating with her husband, Julian, and later her son, Popovi Da, as painters. She eventually became world-famous, attracting visits from Japanese masters who wanted to learn her techniques. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., invited her to help with the dedication of New York’s Rockefeller Plaza in 1933.
MEDIUM Clay, slip
DATES ca. 1943
DIMENSIONS 2 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (6 x 33.7 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE "Marie and Julian"
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
EXHIBITIONS
ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.198
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Maria Martinez (ca. 1887-1980). Circular Shallow Bowl, ca. 1943. Clay, slip, 2 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (6 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.198. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.198.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.43.201.198.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This "bowl" appears to be more like a platter form. It is the traditional highly polished black with a circular feather design inscribed around the bowl vertically radiating from the center.
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Maria Martinez (ca. 1887-1980). <em>Circular Shallow Bowl</em>, ca. 1943. Clay, slip, 2 3/8 x 13 1/4 in. (6 x 33.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.198. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.43.201.198.jpg)