Object photography

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Object description

  • Attributed to Nampeyo (Hopi Pueblo, about 1859-1942)
  • Jar, late 19th century
  • Ceramic, paint
  • Arizona, United States
  • H: 5 3/8 in, dia.: 10 7/8 in (H: 13.7 cm, dia.: 27.6 cm)
  • Gift of Mr. Stephen Wheatland, 1951
  • E29016


This bulbous shaped jar sits on a small, flat, round base. From the base it extends outward and upward towards a small round opening. The jar is painted a light pink or orange color and has geometric designs of black and red painted around the upper half. The bottom half has no decoration. The designs are two similar semicircular patterns, each of them repeating twice. Further Remarks: The artist who created this jar, Nampeyo of the Hopi village of Hano, was the best known Pueblo potter of her time. Inspired by prehistoric Sitkyatki designs found on potsherds, Nampeyo and her husband Lesou revived that ancient style and taught members of her family to make this distinctively Hopi pottery. In so doing, she nurtured multiple generations of artists who carry on her legacy and add their own innovations.

Exhibition History

  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011