Nampeyo, Harold Polacca, Sr. – Large Bowl with Katsina Design (1970s)
Harold Polacca Nampeyo, Sr. (1930-1996) was a son of noted potter Fannie Nampeyo and a grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. He was the brother of Elva Nampeyo, Leah Nampeyo, Tonita Nampeyo, Thomas Polacca, Elsworth Polacca, and Iris Nampeyo. He was the father of Vernida Polacca, Clinton Polacca, and Reva Polacca. This is one of the few pieces of his work we have seen. It is a large, coil built bowl painted with bee-weed and red clay slips and traditionally fired. The bowl has a classic Katsina face design on two sides and the other two sides have eagle tail designs. It was traditionally fired to create the slight blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom before fired, “Harold Nampeyo”. The bowl is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. Definitely a rarity among Nampeyo family pottery!