p229 Maria and Santana Jar
Fine Maria Martinez Bowl
Signed "Maria & Santana" - San Ildephonso Pueblo
2 1/2" x 4 3/4"
High Polish Black Pottery
From Trustee of the Maria Collection of Roman Peterlin
Our uncle Roman J. Peterlin was a well-known local businessman in Phoenix Arizona from the late 1950s to the mid 1980s. Roman owned The Gift World on Van Buren Ave. in downtown Phoenix. This was the largest gift shop in Phoenix and was located on the only major road to the west coast. In working with many Native American Artisans Roman fell in love with Maria pottery & started his own collection. His collection spans much of Maria’s life in pottery & a good amount of her career. Roman told us that he had Maria come to his store for a showing of her craft & also a book signing. Roman said he thought he had the largest private collection. He knew of none larger. Roman passed away in 2009 at 100 years old. He still talked of his collection until the end.