Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 16, 2001 through March 17, 2002.
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Object description

  • Nathan Begaye (Hopi and DinĂ© (Navajo), 1958-2010)
  • Snow Cloud, 1998
  • Ceramic, paint
  • Southwestern United States
  • H: 13 1/4 in, dia.: 9 in (H: 33.7 cm, dia.: 22.9 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 2001
  • E301807
  • Conveys sense of depth, through asymmetrical layers
  • Colored with hand-ground minerals

"This vessel evokes the storm patterns in the wintertime that were such an important part of life in Santa Fe," says Nathan Begaye. "When I work, I love to be by a window so I can look out at the landscape...I most often work spontaneously...My art grows out of me like a cloud forming over the ocean." [As quoted in Changing Hands: Art Without Reservation 1, Contemporary Native American Art from the Southwest, David Revere McFadden and Ellen Napiura Taubman, Eds. New York: American Craft Museum, 2002, p. 124.]


Inscribed on the base: "Nathan B. Hopi/Navajo" with a series of linear designs.


This pottery jar is tall and long with a short raised neck at the opening. The object is heavily decorated with three layers of painted designs. There are swirling orange designs as well as a dark brown angular pattern criss-crossing throughout the work. Some of these patterns are filled with green dots which are painted below the two other designs on top of the off-white background.

Exhibition History

  • Indian Market: New Directions in Southwestern Native American Pottery, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 16, 2001 through March 17, 2002


Lee Begaye, Jr.