Polacca, Thomas – Jar with Hano and Hano Mana Katsina (1990s)
This is an intricately carved jar by Thomas Polacca. Thomas was a son of noted potter Fannie Nampeyo and a grandson of Nampeyo of Hano. He is considered among the first men to begin making pottery at Hopi in the 1970s. Interestingly, the men initially did not use the traditional Sikyatki designs but followed other directions in their pottery. This jar is deeply carved with a Hano Mana Katsina on one side, and a Hano Katsina on the other. The Hano Mana is also called Tewa Girl. She appears in the pre-planting season Bean Dance. She represents the hope and wishes for a good harvest, enough to eat over the next winter, and a good luck symbol is the corn she is usually seen carrying. Here she is depicted surrounded by a deeply carved feather on the opposite side the Hano Katina is holding feathers in his hand. They are surrounded by carved feathers, clouds, and rain designs. The jar is carved at various levels. There are additional incised designs on the surface of the carved areas. The jar is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. The piece is signed on the bottom in the clay, “Tom Polacca” with a corn plant for Corn Clan. It is from the mid-1990s.