Koopee, Marie Nampeyo – Large Bowl with Bird Wing Design (1960’s)
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 large bowl is fully polished and painted with a bird wing pattern, which is a derivative of the famous Migration Pattern. 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!