Namoki, Lawrence – “Supreme Being” Seedpot (1980s)
Lawrence Namoki has been known for a variety of styles in his pottery. This is one of his classic pieces from the 1980s. It is a seedpot with a carved Eototo and Aholi Katinas. They are the two chief Katsinas and both appear at the same time. It has been said of them:
“Eototo is the spiritual counterpart of the village chief and is knowledgeable about all the ceremonial dances and rituals performed throughout the year. He appears at Powamuya with Aholi, performing a ritual that draws clouds and moisture into the Pueblo, ensuring a fruitful season ahead. Aholi is a high priest who visits the Hopi people with Eototo on Third Mesa during the Powamuya Ceremony. With brightly colored robes and a tall blue helmet, Aholi represents the dazzling colors of the summer season, when the flowers are in full bloom and a plentiful harvest is growing.”
The figures are both carved into the clay and highlighted with various clay slips. The back of the piece is slipped so that it looks like wood. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Lawrence Namoki”. It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.