Nahohai, Randy – Kiva Bowl with Dragonflies and Frog (1996)
This is a striking piece by Randy Nahohai. He was known for his innovative Zuni pottery. This is a classic Kiva Bowl shape. A kiva bowl is so described by the shape of the vessel with the step designs for the sides. The steps represent the steps into the kiva and there are always four on the bowl, representing the four directions. This bowl is round in shape and the kiva steps have a slight outturn. The exterior is painted with eight dragonflies. Dragonflies are often represented as carrying prayers to heaven or the stars. The interior has a large frog design. The black areas are black clay with just a bit of mica in it. You can see the bit of sparkle in the photos. The white dots on the frog in the center are additional white clay. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “R. Nahohai ’96”.