Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – Duck Bowl with Lid
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 is definitely an unusual piece, but also very interesting and amazing it has survived over time! It is a bowl with a duck head “handle”. The bowl is polished and painted with bird wings. The head of the duck is turned around looking backward. There is also a lid for the bowl. The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes. It’s hard to tell if it is the regular Hopi clay or the white clay slip with blushes on it. Either way, it is quite fascinating and charming! It is this same white for which Joy Navasie and Helen Naha became famous in their pottery. The bowl is traditionally fired and signed with her hallmark frog. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.