Naha, Sylvia – Awatovi Star and and Fine-Line Bird Wing Designs (1980s)

5"w x 7.5"h

$ 1,200.00

Sylvia Naha was a daughter of Helen “Featherwoman” Naha and a sister of Rainy and Burell Naha.  She was known for her distinctive pieces painted with intricate designs on a white polished clay surface.  Throughout the 1980’s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters.  Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design.  This is a tall jar and it is painted with the Awatovi Star pattern on the top and bottom.  Under the star are bird wing designs.  The striking feature to this jar are all the finely painted lines!  This style was inspired by the “migration pattern” which Sylvia modified and made more complex with her flow of lines across the surface of the piece.  The black on the painting is from Bee-Weed (a plant) and the red and other colors are natural clay slips.  The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  The jar is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”.  It is certainly a striking piece by his exceptional Hopi-Tewa potter!