Naha, Rainy – Jar with 10 Tumbling Hummingbirds

7.5"w x 3.5"h

$ 2,000.00

This is a striking and detailed jar by Rainy Naha.  The jar is an elegant shape with a round shoulder and just a slight neck. The entire shoulder is painted with ten interlocking hummingbirds. Each is painted with numerous clay slips and the design rises up to near the neck and down to near the base.  This design with the “interlocking” or “tumbling” birds was originated by Rainy Naha.  The jar is fully polished with a white clay slip and then there are five sections of interlocking birds above and below the shoulder for a total of ten.  Each bird is painted with various Hopi-Tewa designs and then additional clay slips for the color.  Note the variety of designs in the birds with small hatchwork patterns and even four directional color sets.  Consider on this piece that it isn’t just the top that is painted, but nearly the entire surface from top to bottom!  Rainy uses bee-weed (black) and natural clay slips for her colors. The jar is traditionally fired.  Rainy learned to make pottery from her mother, Helen “Featherwoman” Naha.  The jar is signed on the bottom with the feather hallmark and “Rainy”.  Rainy has won numerous awards for her pottery at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Market and her work continues to be a creative inspiration in Hopi-Tewa pottery.