Hopi Pueblo Polychrome Jar by Joy Navasie Frog Woman

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Joy Navasie, Frog Woman, Hopi Pueblo Potter

This exquisite Hopi jar was made by Joy Navasie (Frog Woman) in the late 1980s. It was purchased from her by Adobe Gallery in 1988 and sold to the current owners in 1989.

With an appealing shape and strong designs, the jar is a fine example of Navasie's work. It's a jar with a gently sloped shoulder and a rim that turns upward. Just below the vase's widest point, a shallow curve begins that makes its way to the base, which is about the same size as the upper rim. As a whole, the vessel feels smooth and well-balanced.

Artist signature of Joy Navasie, Frog Woman, Hopi Pueblo PotterNavasie's pristine white slip covers the entire exterior and continues into its interior. The entire white slip, interior and exterior, was polished. A wide band of Hopi designs decorates most of the slipped exterior, within framing lines at the top and bottom. Four groups of four vertical lines divide the design band into quadrants. Each quadrant mirrors the one on its opposite side, save for a few subtle variations in color and form. Navasie's designs echo her vessel's elegant, well-balanced feel. The bottom of the jar is signed with Navasie's frog hallmark.

Joy Navasie (1919 - 2012) the second Frog Woman - Yellow Flower - was born in 1919 on Hopi Pueblo's First Mesa. Navasie recalls that she began making pottery at the age of 17. She learned to make pottery from her mother, Paqua Naha—the first Frog Woman. Her distinctive decorative style is instantly recognizable, as she used a white slip, over which she painted dark brown and rust color designs. Her skillful application of bird, water and sky elements around perfectly formed pots was and still is unique. She was a master at the craft.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Hopi Pueblo Polychrome Jar by Joy Navasie Frog Woman is  from a Santa Fe family to whom we sold this jar in 1989.

Recommended Reading: HOPI AND HOPI-TEWA POTTERY, Published in Plateau, volume 49, Number 3, winter 1977

TAGS: Hopi-TewaPaqua NahaPueblo PotteryLoretta Navasie Koshiway

Alternate view of this pottery vessel.

Joy Navasie, Frog Woman, Hopi Pueblo Potter
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