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L-0-18 Hopi plate by Jean Sahme.

The Hopi speak a unique branch of the Uto-Aztecan linguistic family meriting its own name of "Hopi". They are the only extant 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 (1860 - 1942) 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 slightly oval plate was made by Jean Sahme (1948-) daughter of Priscilla Nampeyo. This exact piece is illustrated in the book HOPI-TEWA POTTERY by Schaaf and edited by Richard M. Howard, on page 144 and was purchased from Dick Howard's collection in 2002. It exhibits a delightful Mimbres style figure of a man holding a large fish.

Plate measurements are 11 1/4" long by 10 3/8" wide and 1 1/2"deep. Circa 1995. $ 950.00