Huma, Rosetta – Bowl with Birds & Bird Tails (1970’s)
Rosetta Huma was from Sichomovi on First Mesa, Hopi. She was the mother of Wilfred Huma and the former mother-in-law of Rondina Huma. She began making pottery in the 1950s. This is an interesting bowl with four panels of design. There are birds on two panels and bird tails on the alternating panels. Note how the swirling birds are highlighted with a red clay, which is an interesting variation in style. It is painted with bee-weed and a red clay slip. The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Rosetta Huma”. It is in good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. There are some fugitive black areas. It is certainly a wonderful piece of Hopi pottery history!