Sahme, Jean – 12″ Wide Jar with Bird Wings (2000s)
Jean Sahme is a daughter of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This is a large piece of her coil-built pottery. The jar has a wide shoulder and a slightly turned-out rim. It is fully polished and painted with bee-weed and a deep red clay slip. The jar has a classic bird wing design. The wings extend up over the top of the shoulder. Note how each wing is also lightly etched designs for the “feathers” across the entire surface! Below the shoulder are the elongated bird tails. The red area is stone polished. The jar was traditionally fired which created blushes on the surface. It is signed on the bottom with her hallmark fish, corn plant for the corn clan, and “Sak’honsee” (which means Tobacco Flower Girl in Hopi-Tewa). It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair. While Jean no longer makes pottery, there is wonderful creativity in each of her pieces!