Naha, Sylvia – Seedpot with Star and Flower Design
This miniature seedpot is an exceptionally intricate piece 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 has a star pattern on the top and bottom of the piece. On the sides are four flower patterns. The center of each flower is very detailed with a fine-line hatchwork pattern. There is an additional tan clay slip which is painted on the stars. The black on the painting is from Bee-Weed (a plant) and the other colors are natural clay slips. The seedpot is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. The jar is signed on the bottom with a feather and an “S”.