Hopi Pueblo Second Mesa Coiled Animal Pictorial Plaque (poota)

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Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Trays and Plaques
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: yucca, galleta grass, native dyes
  • Size: 12” diameter
  • Item # C4485i
  • Price: $650

Example of the beginning processes of this basket.

This Second Mesa plaque carries out a theme of reverence for animals.  From the basket’s central coils, animal heads with imbricated face stitching emerge.  Four red heads and four black heads appear, alternating with one another, and likely referencing the four directions.  They follow one another in a circle around the plaque’s central band of white yucca.

The yucca stitching varies in shade from light to darker, providing an interesting palette.  Triangular step designs in red and yellow emerge from the rim, pointing in toward the animals.   The plaque is finished with a solid black coil around its rim.  There is a loop on the back for hanging.

Hopi baskets are rich in beauty and cultural significance. Like the pottery produced at First Mesa, the wicker baskets made at Third Mesa and the coiled ones made at Second Mesa celebrate their makers' connection with the land. Even today, these baskets are made using little more than plant materials and sunlight. The creation of one basket requires countless hours of work and a great deal of knowledge. Their significance to the Hopi people cannot be understated. They are used as gifts, prizes, currency and-most significantly-a wide variety of ceremonial purposes.


Condition: very good condition

Provenance this Hopi Pueblo Second Mesa Coiled Animal Pictorial Plaque (poota) is from the large collection of a gentleman from California

Recommended Reading: AMERICAN INDIAN BASKETS I 1,500 Artist Biographies by Gregory Schaaf

TAGS: Southwest Indian BasketryHopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu

Close up view of this basket.


Weaver Unknown
  • Category: Trays and Plaques
  • Origin: Hopi Pueblo, Hopituh Shi-nu-mu
  • Medium: yucca, galleta grass, native dyes
  • Size: 12” diameter
  • Item # C4485i
  • Price: $650

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