Nampeyo, Elva Tewaguna – Small Eagle Tail Bowl (1970s)
Elva Tewaguna Namepyo, was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo, a granddaughter of the Nampeyo of Hano. She was 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 small bowl is fully polished and it is painted with an eagle tail design. This is a design that was made famous by Nampeyo of Hano. The eagle tail design is delicately painted with the tail feathers extending over the rim of the bowl. The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom before fired, “Elva Nampeyo”. The bowl is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Her daughter Adelle Nampeyo continues in the same family tradition.