Komalestewa, Cynthia Sequi – Small Jar with Hummingbirds and Corn (1990’s)
Cynthia Sequi Komalestewa (1954-2002) was a daughter of Hugh Sequi (who was the brother of Helen Naha) and a sister of Miltona Naha. Her aunt-in-law was Helen Naha. Cynthia made traditional Hopi-Tewa pottery with her own spin on the Naha family style. She learned a lot of her pottery techniques from Syliva Naha. Each piece was coil-built, stone polished, and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This small jar has hummingbirds, or more likely hummingbird moths, on each side. There are a total of four hummingbirds, each pair separated by a corn plant. There are additional white and red clay slips used to accentuate the design. It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “C. Sequi Komalestewa”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.