Nampeyo, Adelle L. – Water Jar with Migration Pattern
Adelle Nampeyo is known for her stylistic use of traditional Hopi designs. This jar has a wide shoulder and a short neck. It is a shape that was often used by Fannie Nampeyo for her pottery. The jar has a migration pattern encircling the shoulder of the piece. The migration pattern consists of upper and lower rows of bird wings, connected by lines. There are eight on the top and eight on the bottom, making a total of sixteen. The lines are delicately painted with bee-weed (black). There is an additional red clay slip as part of the design. The migration design is a classic Hopi-Tewa pattern revived by Nampeyo of Hano and tells the story of the migration of the people around the world. The jar is traditionally fired to create coloration on the surface of the jar. The coloration works beautifully with this piece with shades from white to orange. It is signed on the bottom, “Adelle Nampeyo”.