Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Bowl with Moth Design (1970s)

7"w x 4.5"h

$ 550.00

Elva Tewaguna Namepyo was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano, and a sister of Iris and Tonita Nampeyo and Thomas Polacca.  Her pottery was coil built, stone polished, and painted with bee-weed and natural clay slips. This jar is a larger piece of her pottery.  The design is a series of five moths above the shoulder of the piece.  Separating them are sections with the three-pointed structures representing the three Hopi mesas.  The area below the shoulder is painted with cloud, rain, and corn designs.  The jar was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the, “Elva Nampeyo” with Corn for Corn Clan.  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.  Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.