- Since Old Lady Nampeyo did not sign her pottery, it is left to familiarity and conjecture to create provenance. One feature is the Hopi Bird which is associated first with Nampeyo. It is certain that others usurped this design as “Hopi” tribal and not necessarily always by Nampeyo. Another characteristic of much Nampeyo original is the “broken line” which allows spirits to come and go in the design.
This jar is likely from the era of Hopi House at the Grand Canyon, collected originally by the owner of Polacca Trading Post, Bill McGee, ca.1940.
Straight walls formed by skillful cooling of native Hopi clay. Pit fired for a vibrant orange. Very good showcase condition. 9.5” x 5”