Nampeyo, Nellie Douma – Small Bowl with Bird Wing Designs (1972)
Nellie Nampeyo Douma was the second daughter of Nampeyo of Hano and a sister of Fannie Nampeyo and Annie Nampeyo. This small bowl is coil built and painted with bee-weed for the black. The design is a bird wing pattern, stylized from the classic migration pattern. There is a very intricately painted hatchwork design below the bird wings. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Nellie Nampeyo”. This bowl has an interesting provenance. It was originally purchased in 1972 by a collector who went to Hopi and managed the meet Nellie Nampeyo and her daughter Marie Koopee right after they had fired the pottery. He bought all the pieces that they had and put the date on the bottom in pencil. I left the date and number, as I thought it was a great part of the story of this bowl! It is in very good condition with no cracks, restoration or repair.