The Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art

at the Abbeville County Library System, Abbeville, SC

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Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Jim Abieta
Norma Ami
Mildred Antonio
Joe Beeler
Nathan Begay
Nathan Begay
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Ernest Berke
Nettie Bica
Rena Billie
Rena Billie
Blue Corn
Blue Corn
Blue Corn
Mary Cain
Barbara and Joseph Cerno
Lorraine Chinama
Marie Z Chino
Grace Chino
Marie Z Chino
Marie Z Chino
Marie Z Chino
Roger Cooke
Roger Cooke
Arthur and Hilda Coriz
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Joe de Yong
Thomas A DeDecker
Frank DiVita
Juanita Suazo Dubray
Cora Duran
Richard Ebelacker
Nick Eggenhofer
Daro Flood
Joseph Gachupin
Laura Gachupin
Tina Garcia
Rose Chino Garcia
Rose Chino Garcia
Louise Goodman
Martha Gordon
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Margaret Gutierrez and Luther Gutierrez
Geraldine Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Virginia Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Pula Gutierrez
Lois Gutierrez de la Cruz
Eva Hisita
Allan Houser
Rodina Huma
Stella Huma
Rodina Huma
Rodina Huma
Mary Kee
Alton Komalestewa
Charles Lee
Emma Lewis
Lucy Lewis
Emma Lewis
Lucy Lewis
Emogene Lomakema
Anita Garcia Lowden
Ralph Lowe
Rebecca Lucario
Maria Martinez and Popovi Da
Maria Martinez and Popovi Da
Maria and Julian Martinez
Ben Matchers
Lucy Leuppe McKelvy
Sofia Medina
Helen Naha
Rainey Naha
Sylvia Naha
Priscilla Namingha
Priscilla Namingha
Leah Nampeyo
Dextra Nampeyo Quotskuyva
Dextra Nampeyo Quotskuyva
Teresita Naranjo
Elizabeth Naranjo
Bernice Swazo Naranjo
Teresita Naranjo
Teresita Naranjo
Joy Navasie
Bill Nebeker
Cecelia Nelson
Oktollik
Paulita Pacheco
Paulita Pacheco
Jack Riley
Virginia T Romero
Ida Sahme
Jean Sahme Nampeyo
David Salk
Selina Sanchez
Helen Shupla
Stella Shutiva
Mary Small
Ada Suina
Andrea Tafoya
Mark Tahbo
Thelma Talachy
Robert Tenorio
Jennie Thomas
Lavine Torivio
Dorothy Torivio
Tony Tso
Faye Tso
Vallo
Sue Williams
Wayne Wolfe
Lola Yazzie
Sally Yazzie
Iris Youvella Nampeyo
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Black on Black Plate (#60)
Maria Martinez (1887–1980) and Julian Martinez (1885–1943)— San Ildefonso Pueblo

This seminal husband and wife team created and perfected the highly burnished black-on-black pottery. Together they revolutionized Pueblo pottery, creating an art form that is collected around the world. They worked together digging and preparing the clay and firing. Maria formed and polished the pottery while Julian did most of the painting.

Julian’s painterly skills are on display on this black-on-black plate. He has framed the painting area with three ground lines and undulating water. Julian typically combined otherwise diverse symbols from various sources such as archaeological pottery, contemporary Acoma and Hopi Pueblo pottery, and his imagination. In this plate, he has created a bird figure, with triangular tail feathers and a gently sloping head and peak. Within the bird are ancient symbols of textiles, feathers, and mountains.


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