Unusual Hopi Bowl by Fannie Nampeyo

Steve Elmore Indian Art

This unusual polychrome bowl is signed by Hopi-Tewa master potter Fannie Nampeyo (1904-1987). Fannie was the most skilled and prolific potter of Nampeyo's three daughters. The design, which appears to take inspiration from Mexican or Aztec culture, is an unusual expression of Nampeyo family renditions depicting masked celebrants. The bowl is in exceptionally good condition, and likely dates to the 1930s, when Fannie's work was more innovative. There are at least two other ceramics by Fannie featuring this design, one of which is in the Museum of Northern Arizona. The bowl measures 2 3/4" height and 11" diameter. This piece is a testament to Fannie's innovation as a potter, and would be an excellent addition to any collection of Nampeyo family pottery.


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Artwork details


Fannie Nampeyo (Hopi)


H 2.75IN x DIA 11IN

H 6.985CM x DIA 27.94CM


original (excellent, no repair)

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