Hopi-Tewa Vintage Pottery Tile with Stylized Bird Design [SOLD]


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Pueblo Potter Unknown

This vintage Hopi-Tewa pottery tile is soft in color and warm in patina.  Our interpretation of the three-part design is it represents a bird, or bird parts.  The top panel would be the head, the middle panel the body and wings, and the lower panel the wing feathers and tail feathers.  Others may see a different pattern.  Most likely, these are design elements lifted from prehistoric Sikyatki pottery.

The tile has rounded corners and the edges were sanded to lessen their sharpness.  It is difficult to set an age on the tile, but it is likely from the mid-twentieth century.

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Hopi-Tewa Vintage Pottery Tile with Stylized Bird Design is from the collection of a client from Santa Fe

Recommended Reading: Hopi & Pueblo Tiles: an Illustrated History by Kim Messier & Pat Messier

Close-up view of the designs of this pottery tile.

Pueblo Potter Unknown
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