Sahmie, Andrew – Longhair Mana Katsina in Jar with Kiva Ladder
Andrew Sahmie is a son of noted potter Priscilla Nampeyo and a brother of Nyla, Rachel, Jean, Randall, and Bonnie Sahmie. He is married to Ida Sahmie. His pottery often includes wood katsinas or ladders. This is a very unusual piece. It is a plainware Hopi-Tewa jar that is traditionally fired. he has carved a Longhair Mana katsina out of wood. The figure is made to appear that she is climbing up a kiva ladder from the kiva. It is a creative idea and well-executed. It is signed on the bottom, “Sahmie”. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, restoration, or repair.