Nampeyo, Tonita – Long Neck Jar with Eagle Tail Design
TTonita 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 has a round shoulder and an elongated neck. The neck of the jar is slipped red and stone polished. The sides of the jar are painted with the classic eagle tail design. Note the detail in the central bands of the tails! This is a design which was revived by Nampeyo of Hano from the Sikyatki pottery of the 1600s. The piece is traditionally fired to create the striking color in 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.