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H-1-123 Hopi miniature by Priscilla Nampeyo.

The Hopi speak a unique branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family meriting its own name of “Hopi”. They are the only Puebloan Indians in Arizona inhabiting, since prehistoric times, a small number of villages and picturesque mesa top pueblos clustered in the northeastern part of that state. Although pottery was once made on all the mesas, it has become largely the domain of First Mesa during the past hundred years. This was mostly due to a Tewa woman by the name of Nampeyo who revived an ancient type of Hopi pottery called Sityatki during the late 19th century. It soon replaced the previous ceramic tradition at First Mesa and is thus called Sityatki revival style. This great little miniature is by Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo (b.1924) who began learning how to make pottery by age 7 from her great grandmother Nampeyo. This charming little piece has one of the classic Nampeyo family designs. It is signed “P.N.” on the bottom and dates about 1960 (for very similar examples see Schaaf,1998:112).

1 3/8"d. by 1"h. $250.00