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Hopi-Tewa Deep Carved Design of Katsina and Mana


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Marty Naha (1970-) and Elvira Polacca Nampeyo (1968*)

Artist Image Photos courtesy of Rick Dillingham.Marty Naha and Elvira Polacca, both of the Hopi-Tewa, married in 1991 and both learned the techniques of deep-carved pottery from Elvira’s dad, Thomas Polacca. Elvira’s siblings—Gary Polacca and Carla Claw—also produce pottery of that style.

Marty Naha is mentioned in Rick Dillingham’s “Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery” and in Greg Schaaf’s “Hopi-Tewa Pottery 500 Artist Biographies” but neither book lists from what Naha family he belongs.  If anyone knows his family relations, please let us know.

Artists Signatures - Marty Naha (1970-) and Elvira Polacca Nampeyo (1968*)

This jar features a Hopi Long Hair Katsina and a Kachinmana.  It appears that the male is spreading corn pollen over crops and the mana is pouring water over them.  The background is deep carved lines covered in red pigment. The highlights of the design are in polished beige.

Condition: this Hopi-Tewa Deep Carved Design of Katsina and Mana is in very good condition

Provenance: from the estate of a former client from Oregon

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

Marty Naha (1970-) and Elvira Polacca Nampeyo (1968*)
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