Hopi-Tewa Globular Polychrome Pottery Jar by Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo

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Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo, Hopi Pueblo Potter

Hopi Pueblo artist Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo created this beautiful globular pottery seed jar. The jar rests on a base about the size of a silver dollar and balances beautifully and solidly. The design is a variation of the Sikyatki "batwing" but in an elongated and stretched out form. It is a refreshing approach the potter chose for the layout.

The rim and neck were left in the natural tan clay color, but stone polished along with the rest of the entire body.  Over the polished tan clay color, is a wide brown framing line just below the rim, then a thin wisp of the tan clay was allowed to show through before another, but thin, framing line was added.  The design fills the area below the thin framing line without framing lines below the design.

Artist Signature - Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa PotterNampeyo painted the batwing design on large jars like this one but her presentation was a well-balanced and symmetrical batwing.  Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo (1956- ) has chosen to make her presentation in a more abstract layout that is elongated as it traverses the vessel. This is a very refreshing approach and fits the jar beautifully in a single continuous design.

See the related items below for the more traditional layout of the batwing design.


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

Provenance: from a collection of contemporary pottery of a family from New Jersey

Recommended Reading: Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery by Rick Dillingham

Relative Links: Priscilla Namingha NampeyoNyla SahmieJean SahmeBonnie ChapellaFinkle SahmieSouthwest Indian PotteryHopi PuebloContemporary PotteryRachel Sahmie Nampeyo


Rachel Sahmie Nampeyo, Hopi Pueblo Potter
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