Nampeyo, Neva – Jar with Migration Pattern and 22 Bird Wings

5"w x 5"h

$ 225.00

Neva Nampeyo is a great-granddaughter of Nampeyo, granddaughter of Fannie Polacca Nampeyo.  She is a daughter of Richard and Elva Tewaguna Nampeyo.  Her sisters Adelle Lalo Nampeyo, Miriam Tewaguna Nampeyo, and brother is  Elton Nampeyo are also potters.  This jar is coil built and stone polished.  It is painted with bee-weed and red clay slip. The jar has the classic migration pattern painted around the shoulder.   The design consists of interconnected bird wings. There are 11 above the shoulder and 11 below, for a total of 22 to create the migration design.  The jar is signed, “Neva Nampeyo”.  It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.

Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo said of  the migration pattern:

“This is the one design that was really stressed for us to use, the migration pattern. Nothing but lines, representing the migration of all the people to all the places, including down below and up above. All the x’s represent life from the bottom and top, telling you the universe is one. The thin lines, I just wanted to paint them real fast and real close to try and include everyone.”  Dextra Quotskuyva Nampeyo, Spoken Through Clay