Quotskuyva, Dextra – “Pahlik Mana” Bowl (1985), Painted Perfection p. 71
This is a unique bowl by Dextra Quotskuyva. It is entitled “Pahlik Mana,” which is a Hopi Butterfly Maiden Katsina. The bowl has a sharp shoulder and a flat top. It is matte (unpolished), which creates a distinctive texture. There are four butterfly maidens painted on the top of the bowl. They are each connected together, and have inset turquoise earrings. The red area in their tablita is stone polished. The sides of the bowl are the mantas worn by the Pahlik Manas. They are polished with white and red clay. The black areas on the bowl are all painted with bee-weed. The piece was traditionally fired, which created the blushes on the surface. The bowl is signed on the bottom, “Detxtra and an ear of corn representing the Corn Clan.” It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. The bowl has fantastic provenance. It is featured on p. 71 of the book “Painted Perfection” which was an exhibition of her work at the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The bowl comes to us from the collection of Georgia Loloma, the wife of noted Hopi jeweler Charles Loloma. It is also one of the few pieces that Dextra made with turquoise insets. It is exciting to have such a creative work by Dextra in the gallery, as well as a pot with such historical importance.