Sahme, Jean – Canteen with Multi-Color Parrot

6"w x 6"h x 4.5" deep

$ 1,200.00

Jean Sahme is a daughter of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This canteen is a classic Hopi-Tewa shape with a round front and rounded handles.  The entire piece is fully polished.  The front section has a large bird or parrot as the design.  The parrot is slipped and polished with two different colors of red clay. The remainder is painted with bee-weed (black).  The rim of the canteen is also slipped and polished red.  The painting of the plants and flowers below the bird is exceptional.  The canteen was traditionally fired which created blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the back with her hallmark fish, corn plant for corn clan, and “Sak’honsee” (which means Tobacco Flower Girl in Hopi-Tewa).  It is in very good condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.  While Jean no longer makes pottery, there is wonderful creativity in each of her pieces!