Nampeyo, Tonita – Jar with Migration Pattern (1980s)
Tonita Nampeyo is a daughter of Fannie Nampeyo and a granddaughter of Nampeyo of Hano. She is known for her traditional pottery using natural clay slips and bee-weed for the black. This jar is an elegant shape with a round shoulder and a turned-out rim. The jar has a classic “migration pattern” painted around the shoulder. The design is one that was revived by Nampeyo of Hano in the late 1800s from ancient Sikyatki pottery. The design consists of interlocking bird wings and thin lines. This jar has ten wings above the shoulder and ten below, for a total of 20! In addition, there are all the thin lines connecting the wings. It is traditionally fired creating light blushes on the surface. It is signed, ‘Tonita Nampeyo” and a corn plant for Corn Clan. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration or repair.