Naha, Sylvia – Seedpot with Lizard, Corn, and Shard Designs (1980s)
This is a tightly painted seedpot by Sylvia Naha. She 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 1980s, Sylvia was considered among the most innovative of the Hopi potters. Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design. This seedpot is a wide shape and fully painted using bee-weed and clay slips. Half of the piece has her lizard and corn plant design. The lizard’s body consists of various pottery shard designs. The other half has tightly painted “shards” with designs from her various pottery designs. There are about 12 different designs including a batwing, Awatovi star, sun, and migration. Many of these are inspired by both her own pottery designs as well as those from her mother. What is really amazing, however, is the amount of fine-line painting! There are so many sections with small, fine lines and hatchwork patterns. Those are very time involved to paint, but very dramatic in appearance! The seedpot is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The jar is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”. It is certainly an extraordinary piece by his exceptional Hopi-Tewa potter!