Naha, Helen “Featherwoman” – Tall Jar with 12 Bird Migration Design (1970s)
This is a tall water jar by “Feather Woman” Naha. She was known for her traditional white-ware pottery. This jar is from the 1970s. The shape is elegant with a low round shoulder and elongated neck. There is a slightly turned-out rim. The entire piece is fully stone polished white, including the inside. Helen would always try and make the openings on her vessels large enough for her to put her hand inside and polish the interiors. The jar is painted with a series of migrating birds. There are six birds above the shoulder and six below. They are connected by a series of thin lines that represent the migration of the birds. It is her variation on the classic “migration pattern” with bird wings instead of the bird heads as on this jar. The jar is painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. It was traditionally fired and there are slight color variations from the firing. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark feather.