Hopi-Tewa Tall Seed Jar with Flat Top


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Jacob Myron Koopee, Hopi Pueblo Potter

Jacob Myron Koopee (1970-2011) Jake Nampeyo was an exceptional artist and always pushed the envelope to create designs that were traditional, yet unique and modern.  In this tall conical jar, he apparently painted the entire jar with a modified Sikyatki-revival design and then he over-painted the body of the jar with loosely applied slip somewhat like an artist using a palette knife.  It appears that he used a half-inch brush and applied the white slip at varying slopes and angles. Under the top layer it appears that the jar was covered mostly in fine line applications. The very traditional Sikyatki-inspired top design contrasts beautifully with the modern application of the body design.

Jacob Myron Koopee (1970-2011) signatureJacob Myron Koopee passed away in the summer of 2011 at the early age of 41 years. He was the grandson of Marie Koopee, great-grandson of Nellie Nampeyo and great-great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. He was at the height of his career and had received many awards for his pottery. He was accepted as one of the finest of contemporary Hopi Pueblo potters. His is a great loss to collectors.

Condition: this Hopi-Tewa Tall Seed Jar with Flat Top is in original excellent condition

Provenance: from a gentleman from New Mexico

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

Jacob Myron Koopee, Hopi Pueblo Potter
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