Origin: Hopi – Nampeyo of Hano
Date: Circa 1890
Dimensions: 7 3/8″ diameter, 2 1/8″ tall
Description: This is an early example of Nampeyo of Hano’s work. The age of circa 1890 is defined by the crackle wear found on the surface, relating to the Polacca period of Hopi pottery. The design is well executed but also shows the quirky nature of Nampeyo’s work. The central design is not identifiable as a known thing. A teepee like shape is in the center filled with dots. It is contained by two angular objects closing in together like a house. The top has an off center similar element listing to the right side. The play of balance here is what gives this design a dynamic feel. The foundation lines at the bottom of the “house” suggest a space in perspective with dashes diminishing as the whole design approaches the lower limit. The overall effect is intriguing. The balance of design to void is satisfying as the display is easily understood within its space. The thickened rim has the characteristic 3 dots at each quadrant as typically done by Nampeyo.
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Condition: Condition has minor restoration to two small chips on the rim. A remaining crack running down the rim for about 1″ is visible in the photo.
Provenance: From a private collection in Santa Fe, NM.