Sahme, Jean – Water Jar with “Moth Maiden” Design

5"w x 4.5"h

$ 600.00

Jean Sahme is a daughter of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a descendant of Nampeyo of Hano. This water jar has a round shoulder and a turned-out rim.  It is stone polished and painted with bee-weed (black) and red clay.  Around the sides of the jar there are four “Moth Maidens”.  Dextra described this design as an anthropomorphized moth (or butterfly).  Note how she has the classic Hopi whorls on the sides of her head.  The body is highly detailed and note how the wings extend out from the sides.  It is creative design and complex in imagery.  The jar was traditionally fired which created blushes on the surface.  It is signed on the bottom “J Sahme”.  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!