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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.
MEDIUM Clay, slip
DATES 1901-1942
DIMENSIONS 3 3/8 x 10 1/16in. (8.5 x 25.5cm)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mary E. Johnson
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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." Condition: good.
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