An older piece- vintage, in fact – by one of Hopi pottery’s most celebrated families.
The first name of the artist has been rubbed out by time, but the last name is Sahmie, one of the children of Priscilla Namingha, a direct descendant of the famed Nampeyo, sho revived the ancient pottery designs of the Hopi, in the early 1900s.
It might be Rachel, Jean, or Ida, who married into the family and the tribe, or one of the others; we just don’t remember.
Nevertheless, this is an unusual and authentic form of traditional Hopi pottery, a ceremonial pipe.
It was traditionally made of the lovely, peachy-beige Hopi clay, which was hand-gathered, -mixed, -coiled, -smoothed, pit-fired, and hand-burnished, and painted with plant-derived black paint.
The minimal decorations include two small crosses on the bowl, and a long, wavy line, ending in a little cross at the top.
The wavy line refers to flowing water, particularly precious on the desert mesas of the tribe; the cross forms signify that the blessing of water should extend to all four corners of the earth.
When in use, a ceremonial pi;e, like this would be smoked to invoke these blessings.
With a strand of deerskin, it is ready to hang, as it would be on a Hopi home, or you may display it lying on a shelf, table, etc.
This is a collector’s piece, and it can be yours!