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I-1-11 Hopi bird plate.

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 revival pottery during the late 19th century. It soon replaced the previous ceramic tradition at First Mesa that was called polacca polychrome pottery.

This plate is an example of Sityatki revival pottery. Plate, tile, cup and saucer pottery forms were introduced into the southwest by the Spanish. By the late 19th century these pottery forms had become popular items made by a number of pueblo potters for sale. This example has a stylized rain bird motif for it main design. As is common on these plates, the potter provided a pair of holes in order that it could hang on a wall.

7 1/2 inches d. by 1 inches deep. A simple and attractive Hopi plate Circa 1940. $695.00