Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – Bowl with Hopi Birds (1951-5)
Paqua Naha was the mother of noted potter Joy “Frogwoman” Navasie and the mother-in-law of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha. She is known for her traditional designs and use of the various colors of clay at Hopi. She developed the white-ware around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This bowl is coil built and slipped with the white clay, it indicates a date from 1951-5. It is this same white for which Joy Navasie and Helen Naha became famous in their pottery. The bowl has four panels of design. Each with either bird or cloud designs. The bowl is signed on the bottom with her hallmark frog. It is in good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair. There is fugitive areas of black on the surface, which can be seen in the photos.