Pictorial Design Bowl from the Hopi Mesas

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Before 1900, bowls such as this were routinely made for food.  It would not have been decorated on the interior, however.  After 1900, potters were encouraged by traders Thomas Keam and Lorenzo Hubbell to produce products for sale.  Pictorial designs were particularly desirable as tourists were likely to prefer those over geometric designs. 

 

This bowl features a large katsina face as the primary design.  There is a single framing line about an inch below the rim and a pair of orange elements outlined in brown and a pair of brown elements, also outlined in brown.  Paired feathers point to the four directions from the katsina face.  The rim is black and the exterior of the bowl is void of design.  There is no potter’s signature.

 

Condition: very good condition

Provenance: this Pictorial Design Bowl from the Hopi Mesas is from the collection of a local family

Recommended Reading: Allen, Laura Graves. Contemporary Hopi Pottery, Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff. 1984.

This bowl features a large katsina face as the primary design.

Artist Unknown
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