Naha, Sylvia – Seedpot with Lizard, Corn, and Shard Designs
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 seedpot features all her most iconic imagery. On one side is a corn plant and a lizard. The body of the lizard has tightly painted triangular geometrics to make the “scales”. As the piece is turned, the opposite half has pottery “shards”. Each of the different designs in the shard section are classic designs either by Syliva her mother, Helen. There is a bear claw, parrot, Awatovi Star, turtle back, and other designs. It is VERY tightly painted and note the thin lines. It is wonderfully painted and designed for the size. The bottom of the seedpot is signed with a feather and an “S”. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.