1992-08 Elegant Bat-Wing Design Jar

Hopi pot, bat wing design by James Garcia Nampeyo. Brother of Rayvin Nampeyo (1992-03) and Melda Garcia Nampeyo (2009-02), James was also raised and taught potting by his grandmother Fannie after his mother Leah died in 1974. James was 16 at the time of his Mother’s death; is now 34. The basic wing design was developed by “Old Lady” Nampeyo at the turn of the century. By adding the checkered neck design and red spiked elements, James has given this design motion, life and great beauty. The design by James is an elaboration of a design used by “Old Lady” Nampeyo’s eldest daughter and James great aunt, Annie Healing, itself a modification of the more static original Nampeyo design; see Adobe Galleries (1983:9, #25).