Naha, Paqua (Frog Woman) – Red Jar with Bird Designs (1940’s)
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 in around 1951-2. She was the first to sign her pottery with her Frog Hallmark, as “Paqua” means Frog in Hopi. This jar is made from the red Hopi clay. It is painted with a series of Hopi parrots in two of the panels. The other two panels have rain and cloud designs. The jar is traditionally fired and signed with her hallmark frog. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.