Nampeyo, Tonita – 12″ Wide Jar with Eagle Tail Design (1970s)
WOW! This is one of the largest pieces we have had by Tonita Nampeyo. She was a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. She was known for her traditional pottery using natural clay slips and bee-weed for the black. This large jar is coil-built, thin-walled, and painted with bee-weed (black) and a red clay slip. The jar has a round shoulder and a short neck. The neck of the jar is polished red. The body of the jar has four large eagle tails extending over the shoulder. There are swirling bird wings separating the tails. It is a classic and tightly painted design. Note the use of the thin lines on the central band of the eagle tail. The jar was traditionally fired for the striking coloration of the blushes. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. It is signed on the bottom, “Tonita Nampeyo”. The corn plant signifies that she is part of the Corn Clan. Spectacular!