Hopi-Tewa Polychrome Bowl by Nampeyo, c.1910
This polychrome bowl is the work of Hopi-Tewa master potter Nampeyo (1856-1942) and dates to her mature period, 1910. The bowl's unique original composition could be Nampeyo's interpretation of an Apache god dancer headdress. When Nyla Sahmie and Vernida Polacca Nampeyo, descendants of Nampeyo and master potters in their own right, viewed this bowl, they interpreted the design as a water bug with wings. Nampeyo's signature raindrops decorate the rim of the bowl, and the one-of-a-kind original design drops down from a red cloud band. The bowl measures 2 5/8" height and 7 1/2" diameter, and is in excellent, original condition.