Naha, Sylvia – Seedpot with Lizards and Awatovi Star Design (1980s)

6"w x 5"h

$ 1,100.00

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 Hopi potters.  Her pieces were classic in form and amazingly intricate in design.  This seedpot has two of her lizards on the top of the piece.  One has a lightning pattern, while the other is mottled.  Below the lizards is an eternity band.  The bottom half is fully painted with the black-on-white Awatovi Star.  Awatovi is one of the ruins near Hopi where a white slipped style of pottery was made.  It is a fascinating place as it was where Coronado made contact with the Hopi in 1540.  During the excavations in the 1930s, the whiteware pottery was rediscovered.  It was the imagery from his work that inspired much of Helen Naha’s (Sylvia’s mother) early pottery, as opposed to the more classic Sikyatki inspired pottery of Nampeyo of Hano.  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.