Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Pottery Jar by Leah Nampeyo [SOLD]


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Leah Garcia Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa Potter

Artist Signature - Leah Garcia Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa PotterThis Leah Nampeyo pottery jar features the Sikyatki Revival migration pattern made popular by Hopi-Tewa members of the Nampeyo family.  The Hopi Pueblo pottery jar was beautifully fashioned in a globular shape with a graceful tall, curved rim. The body design was framed in an upper and lower wide brown pigment band.  The migration pattern is a complicated design requiring hundreds of thin brown-pigment parallel lines incorporated into a stylized bird’s tail feathers.  The migration pattern also represents the migration of the Hopi through four worlds.  The parallel lines presumably represent this migration of the Hopi.The framework for the design is a dynamic flowing pattern of windswept desert.  Red slip forms an outline border for the migration pattern.

Leah Garcia Nampeyo (1928-1974) was the second-born daughter of Fannie Polacca Nampeyo (1900-1987).  She was not a prolific potter; actively making pottery for only 29 years.  She is represented with only two pieces in the collection of the Museum of Northern Arizona, and with only three in the Heard Museum collection, evidence of her limited production.

Condition: this Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Pottery Jar by Leah Nampeyo is in very good condition

Provenance: acquired by Adobe Gallery from a New Mexico resident in April 2014, then sold to a client in Oregon the following month, from whose estate we now have it back to sell again.

Reference: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf.

Relative Links: Hopi/TewaNampeyo of HanoFannie Polacca NampeyoElva Tewaguna NampeyoTonita Hamilton NampeyoTom PolaccaIris Youvella NampeyoMelda NampeyoJames Garcia NampeyoSouthwest Indian Pueblo PotteryLeah Garcia Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa Potter

Alternate view of this pottery seed jar.