Jar

Jar

c. 1890-1910

Nampeyo

(Hopi-Tewa, 1859–1942)

Earthenware

Overall: 16.8 x 29.2 cm (6 5/8 x 11 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1986.241

Description

In the southwest, pottery-making achieved two peaks. The first was in the late archaeological period, and the second was brought about by modern Pueblo women starting in the late 1800s. One of these women was the legendary Nampeyo, who revived fine Hopi potterymaking after a long period of artistic deterioration. To do so, she sometimes adapted the designs and shapes of Sityaki-style ceramics, which she and her husband found at ancient ruins. Comparison of this vessel to the Sityaki example to the left reveals Nampeyo’s relationship to the past.

See also
Department: 
Art of the Americas
Type of artwork: 
Ceramic
Medium: 
Earthenware

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