Nampeyo, Gary Polacca – Large Jar with Sunface and Kiva Ladder (1970s)

9"w x 5.5"h (9"h with ladder)

$ 975.00

This is a large, complex jar by Gary Polacca Nampeyo.  He is known for his deeply carved pottery.   He is a son of Thomas Polacca,  a grandson of Fannie Nampeyo, and a great-grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. His sisters Carla Claw Nampeyo and Elvira Nampeyo are both potters.  His early pottery was polished red and then fully incised with designs and then he began carving pottery much like his father.  This large jar has a wide shoulder and a square neck. The neck is carved to resemble a kiva bowl and there is a wood ladder he carved that sits inside the bowl.  On the shoulder, there are two areas with a carved Sun Katsina face.  There are carved feathers and a sash that extends outward.  These areas are slipped with bee-weed (black).  Separating them are bands with Hopi-style birds painted on a mauve-colored clay slip.  It is a striking use of techniques and designs.  The piece was traditionally fired to create the blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom in the clay, “G. Nampeyo”.   It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.