Naha, Sylvia – Large Jar with Corn and Lizards (1990s)
Sylvia Naha created pieces with the white clay polished surface painted with bee-weed (black) and native clay slips. Throughout the 1980s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters. Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design. This tall jar is one of her classic shapes she used to highlight her intricately painted designs. The imagery is that of her iconic lizard and corn plant designs. On four sides are corn plants and separating them are four lizards. The lizards extend from near the rim to the base of the jar. They are each painted with triangular mountain designs to represent the scales on the lizard. The background of the jar is slipped with white clay but she “mottled’ the space between the various figures to give the jar visual texture. It is wonderfully painted and designed for the size. The bottom of the jar is signed with a feather and an “S”. The piece is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.