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Nampeyo Bowl

Nampeyo Bowl

Artist: Nampeyo (1857 - 1942)

Department: History
Date: 1905-1907
Medium: Natural clays and slip
2 3/4 × 9 in. (7 × 22.9 cm)
Classification: Ceramics
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, museum purchase, Four Centuries Bond fund
Object number: PC2009.18.1
DescriptionA Hopi Polychrome bowl by Nampeyo (Hopi / Tewa). Coiled polished clay with polychrome design in black and red, no line break. The original tag reads, "Made by Nampeyo." Quartered bird and feather design in plan view, interior rim band with break, rim ticking at the four directions, and one perforated exterior lug. Design is on the interior; base and paint on rim are slightly worn. Crack across the diameter was repaired with adhesive; no additional restoration.

The quartered bird design on the interior of the bowl, known as the Nampeyo family's well-known Quartered Eagle design, is similar to a jar dated 1906 in the collection of Dennis and Janis Lyon that was aquired by William Austin, president of Baldwin Locomotive, in 1906, presumably at the Indian Building. The design is also present in a jar owned by the Arizona State Museum in Tucson, dated 1900-1910. It is a design adapted from a Sikyatki (protohistoric Hopi) Polychrome vessel found at Sikyatki ruin by Jessie W. Fewkes. DS 2009.

On view
Label Text:Nampeyo, Hopi-Tewa, ca. 1860-1942
Bowl, ca. 1904
Natural clay and paint
Courtesy the M.G. Brock family via Jerry Rogers

M.G. Brock was present for almost the entire auction, acquiring carnival glass from the dining room and Hopi pottery from the Indian Building.