Sahmie, Ida – “Four Sacred Frogs & Corn” Bowl
This is a very traditionally inspired and unusual bowl by Ida Sahmie. It is “The Four Sacred Frogs”, which is a design often seen in sandpaintings and Navajo weavings. Here, Ida has painted them on a bowl each with a different clay slip. They are also etched into the clay. Separating them are corn plants and the entire piece is mottle with clay. The mottling almost gives the piece the appearance of a sandpainting, which is quite striking. The bowl was traditionally fired and it is signed on the bottom, “Ida Sahmie”. She is a daughter-in-law of Priscilla Nampeyo and Ida continues to make beautifully formed pottery with wonderfully complex designs. She has won numerous awards for her pottery at events such as Santa Fe Indian Market. She is the only Navajo potter creating this unique style of ethnographic pottery.