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Hopi Polychrome Tiles by Rachel Sahmie

These three tiles were fired by Rachel Sahmie in December 2021. The designs all draw inspiration from traditional Hopi and Nampeyo family designs, with avian themes and references to ancient designs, including those from Sikyatki. The tile form itself, as it appears in Hopi pottery, was developed by Nampeyo, likely at the request of nearby ranchers in the late 1800s.

The tiles, from left to right, measure 4 3/8" width, 5 1/2" height and 3 5/8" width, and 4 1/4" width, respectively. Complimentary shipping is included.

Rachel Sahmie is a fifth generation Hopi potter, who learned pottery-making directly from her mother, Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, and her grandmother, Rachel Namingha Nampeyo. The pottery-making has been passed down this way in their family from their grandmother Nampeyo (1856-1942) for six generations.

P4528 -- $250 --left

P4527 -- $250 --center

P4526 -- $250 --right



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