Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Small Nampeyo Seed Jar [SOLD]


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Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)

Alternate view of side panel designs and Tewa shape.

This exquisite small polychrome jar by Nampeyo of Hano comes with a sad story.  The owner purchased it and took it home and placed it on the mantle in a tilted position so the top section was more visible.  The jar slipped and fell off the mantle and landed on a tile floor. It cracked in three locations, but did not break into sections.  It has now been professionally restored to its previous magnificence.

The main design on this Historic Southwest Indian Pottery vessel consists of three stylized birds around the shoulder.  Each can be easily spotted by looking for long tail feathers, then progressing to the left, one can spot the head, eye, and head feathers.  Each bird is backed by a deep red pigment. Above each bird is an abbreviated stylized bird symbol, backed by the yellow slip color. A wide framing line is just below the rim opening and another one just below the design field.

Condition: this Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Small Nampeyo Seed Jar has been professionally restored

Provenance: from the collection of a gentleman from Texas

Recommended Reading:  The Legacy of a Master Potter—Nampeyo and Her Descendants by Mary Ellen and Laurence Blair

Nampeyo of Hano (1857-1942)
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