Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – Large White Bowl with Bird Designs (1951-5)

11"w x 6.25"h

$ 4,000.00

WOW!  This is a striking iconic large bowl by Paqua Naha.  She 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 Hopi whiteware around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi.  This is round in shape and fully polished, even on the inside!  The bowl is slipped with white clay and then painted with bee-weed and red clay to highlight the designs.  The piece has four panels of design.  Two have stylized birds (you can see the eyes).  The next panels have the bird wings along with some exceptional fine-line painting and classic  Hopi-Tewa elements.  It is a strong use of form and design, with imagery that encompasses most of the surface of the piece.  As the bowl is 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 was traditionally fired and signed with her hallmark frog. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.