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Exceptional Open Hopi Bowl with Serpent Design by Rachel Sahmie

This striking water serpent design was influenced by an original Polacca bowl by Nampeyo, made around 1890. The molding of the neck on this bowl closely parallels that of the original bowl which is a major piece by Nampeyo. The bowl measures 3" height and 10 1/2" diameter and is clearly signed by the artist. Flecks of mica show in the traditional Hopi clay used in this traditional bowl, which was also pit-fired traditionally. Interesting glyphs on the outside complete the artistry of this bowl. Rachel Sahmie is a modern master of traditional Hopi pottery, and is the great-great-granddaughter of Nampeyo (1856-1942), the matriarch of modern Hopi pottery.

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