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Large Hopi Polychrome Bowl by Nyla Sahmie updated

This large bowl is the work of Hopi-Tewa master potter Nyla Sahmie. Nyla comes from a long line of potters—she is the great-great-granddaughter of Nampeyo (1856-1942), the great-granddaughter of Annie Healing Nampeyo, the granddaughter of Rachel Namingha Nampeyo, and the daughter of Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. This classic example of Sikyatki Revival pottery, an art movement started by Nampeyo 150 years ago, features a central design of an abstract bird that utilizes familiar avian elements such a feathers, talons, and beaks. The bowl fired well, with the bold design seeming to "pop" from its deep orange background. Three clouds dance inside the bowl, floating in the negative space around the central design, while a glyph encircles the entire bowl's exterior. This piece showcases Nyla's expert molding and precise painting. The bowl measures 4" height and 12 1/2" diameter, and was fired in April 2023. The fourth photo shows Nyla posing with her masterpiece.



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