Hopi-Tewa Black and White on Red Bowl by Nampeyo, c.1900
This early example of Nampeyo's red slip dates to the turn of the century. Hopi-Tewa master potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) made this black and white on red bowl during the period of her career where she was still experimenting with different clay slips, as well as different designs. The abstract four-directions design at the center of the bowl shows familiar aspects of her drawing such as kiva steps, with the overall design and central diagonal element outlined in white. The four-directions design is emphasized by four abstract bird heads with eyes and beaks. The rim of the bowl also has Nampeyo's extra signature coil. The bowl measures 3 1/4" height and 9" diameter, and is in excellent, original condition. From a private Florida collection, originally purchased from Adobe Gallery in Santa Fe.
P4608 -- $4850