Hopi Pueblo Round Hanging Historic Pottery Tile [SOLD]


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Potter Once Known

This pottery tile was made by a Hopi Pueblo artist. We can't say with absolute certainty, but we'd estimate that it dates to the 1920s. It is gently patinated and the painted designs are softly abraded. These visible results of years of handling will be appreciated by those who are drawn to the look and feel of aged historic pottery. As is usually the case with works from this era, we are unable to identify the artist.

Fred Harvey “From the Hopi Villages” paper label affixed to the back of the tile.The tile has a pair of drilled holes at the top, through which is laced a string for hanging. Our date of circa 1920s is based on the Fred Harvey From the Hopi Villages paper label affixed to the back of the tile.

The tile has an uncluttered design that will appeal to many. It is decorated with a butterfly or moth in black and red, using a stylish arrangement to form the body. The butterfly or moth appears to be in flight, with its wings outstretched, and with its head looking straight forward. Geometric designs surround the main design element—a nice touch from a potter with a keen eye for design.

Condition: excellent condition

Provenance: this Hopi Pueblo Round Hanging Historic Pottery Tile is from the collection of a client of Adobe Gallery

Recommended Reading: Hopi & Pueblo Tiles: An Illustrated History by Kim and Pat Messier

TAGS: Southwest Indian PotteryHopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu

Alternate view from the side.

Potter Once Known
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