- Nampeyo, Hopi, American, c. 1860-1942
- Born: Hano, AZ
- Work Locations: Hano, AZ
- Active Dates: 1880- 1940
MediumClay and paint
Credit LineNative Arts acquisition fund
Nampeyo (Hopi), Jar, about 1900-1910. Clay and paint; 9¾ x 18 in. Denver Art Museum: Native Arts acquisition fund, 1952.554
Dimensionsheight: 9.75 in, 24.7650 cm; diameter: 18 in, 45.7200 cm
CollectionIndigenous Arts of North America
In addition to being inspired by prehistoric patterns and forms, Nampeyo revived traditional Hopi pottery-making processes. By 1900, the artist had rediscovered ancient Sikyatki clay sources. Rather than coating her pots with a colored slip, the artist painted her designs directly on the polished clay surface. The yellows, oranges, and reds seen here are determined by the mineral composition of the clay.
Known ProvenanceCollected from the Hopi Reservation by Dr. George Phillips, Indian Service Physician, after 1893, probably after 1900, and possibly around 1910; Mrs. F. M. Phillips, Littleton, CO, before 1952; Denver Art Museum, 1952.