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An Exceptional San Ildefonso Polychrome Jar, c. 1915

This fine San Ildefonso polychrome jar features the unique ?tunyo? form developed from excavated ceramics at Bandelier by Maria Martinez. She was shown ceramics examples by Edgar Hewett of the Museum of New Mexico who asked her to make contemporary versions of the pieces. Hewett was following Fewkes? work with Nampeyo at Hopi in the 1890s.
While the innovative graceful form indicates Maria as its maker, the precision of the drawing of the designs points to her husband Julian Martinez as the painter.

The jar measures 12? in diameter by 10? in height, and is in excellent condition without repair.

Provenance: Anthony Falco Collection, a Broadway singer and dancer who appeared in the Santa Fe Opera productions in the 1970s and began collecting pueblo pottery.

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