Vintage Burnished Blackware Bowl San Ildefonso Pueblo New Mexico By Maria Martinez Signed Maria Poveka
Description: A beautiful and very well made Native American globular form bowl. This polished blackware bowl was made by Maria Martinez of the San Ildefonso Pueblo in New Mexico. The bowl was made of native clay, hand built and native fired. It has a plain stone-polished black appearance. The piece has a round flat base with rounded sides rising to a plain rim surrounding a round central opening on top. The exterior of the bowl is black and has a typical polished appearance, while the interior, which is also black, is not polished and as such has a textured feel. The bottom of the bowl is not polished but has a polished signature "Maria Poveka." This is one of Maria Martinez' signatures and dates the piece from 1956-1965. Just a gorgeous piece with all the beauty you would expect in a piece of black Southwestern Pottery made by a master potter such as Maria Martinez. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Sometime in the period 1956-1965.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The bowl originated in Southwestern USA.
Size: The bowl measures ~4" in diameter at its widest and is ~3" high. The piece itself weighs ~11.6 ounces.
Maker: Maria Martinez.
Marks: Signed Maria Poveka on the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a beautiful polished balckware bowl from the Southwestern USA. A true Indian craft decorative piece made using millennium old techniques without the aid of a potter wheel by the best known Native American potter. It is of the highest quality and beauty and deserves a spot in your collection of San Ildefonso Pueblo pottery.
Condition: It is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, breaks, or repairs. The piece has a few dimples to the surface and several small dips or dimples at the rim all original to the making of the bowl. The bottom has two strips of white residue possibly from a label or maybe painted in the bottom, we are not able to tell. Other than that the piece is just great, intact and would display very nicely in any collection. Please see photos for additional condition information.