Charlie, Lena Chio – Tall Jar with Butterfly and Katsina Design (1940s)
This is a tall water jar by Lena Chio Charlie. She was s one of the famous Hopi-Tewa potters from the 1940s-60s. She was a sister of Irene Shupla and the grandmother of noted Hopi katsina carver Neil David. This jar is an unusual shape with a round shoulder, straight neck, and flat rim. The rim has a cloud pattern painted on top. Around the shoulder, there are alternating katsina and corn design panels (with the red clay areas) and sections with butterflies. The jar is intricately painted and traditionally fired so there are blushes on the surface from the firing. It is signed on the bottom with her corn hallmark. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There are two areas that are either small dings, which are not unexpected for a piece this age. They are both in the same design section and I priced the jar accordingly. Definitely striking large vessel by Lena Charlie.