Bowl with Decorated Rim
This great-great-granddaughter of the legendary Nampeyo, and daughter of the late Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo, is famous in her own right – like her gifted siblings.
She is noted for the simplicity of her designs, often re-creations of ancient Sityatki patterns, and the precision with which they are executed.
This piece is beautifully shaped, with a stone-burnished, red interior that contrasts with the beige and brown/black painted patterns on the broad, flat rim.
There is something beautifully archaic about this piece: it seems to have echoes of ancient Greece, Egypt, and even the pre-Columbian Americas, in the form, coloration and designs.
It is, however, pure Hopi, from start to finish: gathering and mixing the clay, coiling, smoothing, painting and firing.
Painting in reverse – beige on black background – the stepped pattern on this wide ribbon of a rim represents rain.
This gorgeous piece is signed Koo Loo, the artist’s Hopi name.