Santana Martinez (1909-2002) and Adam Martinez (1903-2000) - San Ildefonso Black on Black Wedding Vase, c. 1960s, 8" x 5"
- Circa: 1960s
- Size: 8'' x 5''
Acquired from a private collection in Washington. The owner has authorized us to reduce the price from $4,000 to $2,500. This vase is in very good condition. There are some wear to the surface and blue colored scratched. Marias oldest son, Adam (1901-c.2000), and his wife, Santana (1909-2002), were recognized potters. Santana painted designs on pottery and Adam was a great asset in assisting his mother in gathering clay and firing pottery during the last four decades of her life following the death of Julian in 1943. Santana came from a long line of talented painters and potters. Her grandmother, Dominguita Pino Martinez, was a famous potter and her brother, Awa Tsireh, was a famous painter. Collaboration on pottery with Adam and Santana's dual signatures has been seen for over 50 years. The wedding vase is used in many southwestern Native American wedding ceremonies. The vase is given to the bride, who them drinks from one of the spouts. She turns it around and gives it to the groom, who drinks from the other spout. This action unites them as one. Throughout their married life, the vase is treasured by the couple. Should one of them pass away, the other person will give the vase to another couple known with a happily married life. The wedding vase is protected always, as it is never broken or destroyed. In the southwest, wedding vases are frequently given and deeply appreciated.