Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Small Pottery Jar Helen Naha, Feather Woman

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Helen Naha - Feather Woman, Hopi Pueblo Potter

Artist Hallmark (a feather) - Helen Naha (1922-1993) Feather WomanThis wonderful Hopi Pueblo wide and low pottery jar by Feather Woman is slipped in traditional white, over which was painted the decoration in deep dark brown. The designs are often referred to as an eagle tail and a bear claw. The round opening at the top of the jar has been outlined in a square orange slip which was then outlined in a pair of black lines.  The designs on the four sides of the jar are pendant from the outer black rim line.

Helen Naha (Feather Woman) and Joy Navasie (Frog Woman) were sisters-in-law.  Helen Naha married Joy Navasie's brother, Archie Naha. Helen was known for her stark black-on-white Hopi pottery early in her career and for exquisite polychrome pots in later times. Her hallmark is a feather.

 

Condition: The Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Small Pottery Jar Helen Naha, Feather Woman is structurally in excellent condition. There is some slip loss near the feather hallmark on the underside but nothing truly significant.

Provenance: from the collection of a client’s estate in Oregon

Recommended Reading: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies by Gregory and Angie Schaaf

Relative Links: Helen Naha - Feather WomanSouthwest Indian Pottery, Hopi Pueblo, Contemporary PotteryJoy Navasie (Frog Woman)

Alternate top view of this jar.