Naha, Rainy – Large Jar with Hemis Mana, Longhair Mana, Snow Maiden and Heoto Mana
This is one of the largest pieces we have had by Rainy Naha with her katsina designs. There are also four different female katsinas included on this piece! There is a Snow Maiden, Longhair Mana, Hemis Mans, Heoto Mana. Each of them is very intricately painted using bee-weed (black) and various colors of clay. Each of the katsinas has a different meaning but the connection with each of them is water. The Heoto Mana is in charge of the communal water, the Red Bearded Longhair Mana is to bring rain in the summer, the Snow Maiden appears to bring snow so there will be moisture in the spring for crops and the Hemis Mana appears at the Home Dance at the end of the katsina season. Note that the Hemis Mana, Longhair Mana, and the Snow Maiden each are holding a gourd. They use a rasp against the gourd to create a musical sound during the katsina dances. They are each painted in an older style and yet there is incredible detail in the hair whorls. Separating them are elongated panels with a variety of Hopi-Tewa designs from show to feather, and rain patterns. All the various colors are derived from natural clay slips. Rainy is well known for her use of different colors of clay on her pottery. The body of the piece is a white clay that is stone polished before it is painted. The jar was traditionally fired so there are light blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom with a feather 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.