Qoyawayma, Al – Polychrome Slipper Jar with Jaguar and Bird Men

11.5"long x 6.75"h x 7.5"w

$ 6,900.00

Al Qoyawayma calls the shape of this jar his “Slipper” pots.  He explains

“It is a shape that is a ubiquitous form in pre-historic pottery in areas from Hopi south to Chile.  The figures on the slipper bowls are formed from actual Teotihuacán (Mexico) pottery stamps.  The stamps are genuine with an estimated age of 0-200 AD. The animal representation may be a jaguar or perhaps another smaller animal.  The other 3 figure relief characters I might guess as “bird men”.  I give these stamps and figures respect because of their antiquity. Also, Teotihuacan was a very cosmopolitan city and pyramid complex and is said to have many cultural enclaves, some possibly with ancestors to the Hopi.  Some linguists believe that the Teotihuacán spoke Uto-Aztecan, the root language of Hopi.”

The slipper pot (or “shoe pots”) is an ancient phenomenon found in Chile with the northernmost extent at Hopi (and that is interesting).  Even today the shoe pots are beings made in Mexico. There are similar Hopi forms, many with a curved conical “nose” and were used for cooking…so sometimes the pots are referred to as “culinary shoe pots” (archaeologically speaking). My aunt Polingaysi (Elizabeth White) gave me a full explanation of the construction and use of these shoe pots in the 1970s. Interestingly the pots showed up in an excavation at the village of Sikyatki by Walter Fewkes in 1895. Sikyatki is likely occupied by Keres-speaking (Laguna and Acoma) group who are the Coyote Clan. My ancestry is of the Coyote Clan.”