Large Red Salad Bowl with Salad Service Set

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Zella Cheeda (1901-1997) Antelope Woman

Hallmark Signature - Zella Cheeda (1901-1997) Antelope WomanZella Cheeda was known as Antelope Woman or Antelope Girl and signed her pottery with the image of an antelope.  She was Hopi from the First Mesa village Sichomovi and was an active potter from 1950 to 1980.  She was particularly well known for her redware Hopi pottery such as this bowl with a pottery fork and spoon.  She is represented in the Museum of Northern Arizona and the National Museum of the American Indian collections.

 

This large and deep redware bowl, with redware pottery fork and spoon, was made for use as a salad serving bowl.  Each of the three pieces is signed with the potter’s antelope hallmark. Perhaps there are other similar ones but this is the first and only salad bowl with serving utensils I have ever encountered from any pueblo.  Quite an inventive idea by Antelope Woman.

 

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Large Red Salad Bowl with Salad Service Set is from the estate of a Santa Fe family who made frequent visits to the Hopi Mesas

Recommended Reading: HOPI AND HOPI-TEWA POTTERY - Published in Plateau, volume 49, Museum of Northern Arizona

Close up view of the spoon.