Black and Red Bowl
Arts of the Americas
On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The United States on the World Stage, 1865–1930
Using traditional methods of hand-coiled yellow ware and outdoor firing, Nampeyo invented her own abstract designs based on Hopi symbols. This bowl has a stylized eagle tail, abstract bird form, and meandering lines that indicate Hopi migration from the underworld to their homelands.
A potter from a young age, Nampeyo later worked with her daughters Annie, Nellie, and Fannie and sold directly through trading-post owner Thomas Keam. In 1905–6 she lived and worked at the Grand Canyon’s Hopi House demonstrating pottery making to tourists.
3 3/8 x 10 1/16in. (8.5 x 25.5cm)
Gift of Mary E. Johnson
Round, shallow black and red, deep bowl made from red earthenware which has been burnished smooth. It has a white slip painted design. On the underside are two paper labels: one is fragmentary with a red border, and the other has a black border and says, "MADE BY, NAMPEYO-HOPI."
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