Hooee, Daisy Nampeyo – Wide Bowl with Hummingbird Moth Design (1930s)

9.5"w x 4"h

$ 1,000.00

Daisy Hooee Nampeyo is one of the extraordinary Hopi-Tewa women making pottery in the last century.  She was a daughter of Annie Nampeyo Healing and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano.  Her daughter is Shirley Benn and her granddaughter Cheryl Naha Nampeyo, are both potters.  Daisy spent many of her formative years with her grandmother and learned how to make pottery at a very early age.  The last photo is one of Daisy with Nampeyo of Hano.  The amazing part of her story is that Daisy began to lose her vision and had an operation to remove cataracts due to an infection.  She then attended the L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris through her benefactor, Anita Baldwin. When she returned to Hopi, she married Ray Naha, then Leo Pablano (from Zuni), and finally Sidney Hooee from Zuni.  Her life story is as fascinating as her pottery. This jar is an exceptional early piece of her work with her grandmother.  What you can’t see, but can feel (and see in person), is that the surface and the clay definitely have the feel of Nampeyo’s pottery.  It is almost the kind of piece you can imagine her working on next to Nampeyo. The bowl is tightly painted with a flowing hummingbird or hummingbird moth design.  There are the birds with their red-polished heads near the neck of the bowl.  As the piece is turned, there is a stylized version of the bird along with rain designs.  The bowl was patined with bee-weed and red clay slip.  It was traditionally fired.  It is creative in design, charming in form, and historic in appearance.  The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  It is signed on the bottom, “Daisy Nampeyo”.   Definitely a piece of history!

“Did you know the design on this bowl is usually called a “hummingbird” pattern by Hopi-Tewa potters. However, in reality, it is most likely the depiction of a hawk or “hummingbird” moth (Manduca quinquemaculata), which has a flexible proboscis.  The figure above the large eye represents the feathery antennae of the hawk moth.  It is often depcited with the datura plant on which the hawk moth feeds.”