P-0-9 Hopi seed jar by Fannie Nampeyo.

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 seed jar was made by Fannie Nampeyo (1900-1985) daughter of the famous old lady Nampeyo. Fannie was perhaps the most prolific of the daughters and also painted a number of her mother's pots, especially when the mother's eyesight began to deteriorate.

This fine example has a design that represents a version of the "migration" design called "bird wings". It is signed "Fannie Nampeyo" on the bottom along with her corn clan symbol representing an ear of corn.

6 1/4"d. by 3 3/4"h. Circa 1970. $695.00