161214-01 Antique Hopi Pueblo Indian Pottery by NAMPEYO
2 1/4" x 5 1/2"
A very uncommon example from the master.
In both composition and firing, this early effigy style jar is a rare piece. With minor surface wear, this has no restoration.
Nampeyo (1859 –1942) was a Hopi-Tewa potter who lived on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. Her Tewa name was also spelled Num-pa-yu, meaning "snake that does not bite".
She used ancient techniques for making and firing pottery and used designs from "Old Hopi" pottery and sherds found at 15th-century Sikyátki ruins on First Mesa. Her artwork is in collections in the United States and Europe, including many museums like the National Museum of American Art, Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.