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I-M-120 Hopi jar by Nampeyo and Fannie.

The Hopi speak a unique branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family meriting its own name of “Hopi”. They are the on ly 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 small jar is typical of the jars made by Nampeyo and then painted by one of her daughters. Although most of these pieces of pottery by Nampeyo and her daughters are unsigned, occasionally one finds an example such as this one which is signed. This piece is signed Nampeyo and then Fannie underneath. Pottery signed in this fashion indicates that Nampeyo made the jar and her daughter Fannie painted it. Since Nampeyo could not read or write, Fannie would have been the one who placed both signatures on the bottom. Most of these were made when Nampeyo’s eye sight was failing and the daughters would assist by painting the fine designs onto the pottery. 

5 1/4"d. by 3 1/2"h. Circa 1920. $1,150.00