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P-0-11 Hopi jar by Burel Naja.

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 elegant vase was made by Burel Naja (b. 1944 -) son of Helen Naja (1922-1993) also called "Feather Woman" famous for meticulously painted black on white pottery. Her son obviously acquired his mother's talent for extraordinarily detailed and exceptionally fine painting as this example amply testifies.

This piece is from his series of spider designs inspired by his daughter (Dillingham, 1994) who was studying these interesting arachnids in school. A delicately executed multi-polychrome signed on the bottom with a feather and his clan hallmark of the Longhair kachina.

Originally from the collection of the late Richard M. Howard, a well know Santa Fe collector/dealer, his price tag remains on the bottom of this pot.

4 1/2"d. by 7"h. Circa 1990. $895.00