Koopee, Marie Nampeyo – Bowl with Bird Wing Geometrics (1970s)
Marie Koopee Nampeyo was a daughter of Nellie Nampeyo and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. Her grandson was Jacob Koopee. She learned to make pottery from her mother and possibly also from Nampeyo. Over the course of her career, she did not make a lot of pottery. This bowl is painted with a variety of bird wing and rain patterns. They are highlighted with both white and red clay areas. Note the complex fineline and hatchwork designs as well! The bowl was traditionally fired and has blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom in bee-weed, “Marie Koopee”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. Definitely a rarity in Hopi-Tewa pottery!