Hopi plain redware bowl with incised band by Priscilla Namingha Nampeyo. Although it is reminiscent of the incised redware pots made twenty years ago by Garnet Pavatia (using a can opener), Hopi incised pots are unusual. (Though when made, they are usually plainware.) Although thin, even-walled and well made, this pot has a casual fun sense of design missing in the more orderly (and elegant) Pavatia pots.

For an impressed pot by Garnet Pavatea, see 2008-11; for a different style of impressed redware, see a pot by Bernice Addington, 2004-07.

Purchase History:
According to Leo Maestas of Nakai’s Indian Center, Holbrook, Priscilla came by his house and sold him this pot and several of a similar design about 1982. In 1992 I had seen this pot in their pawn safe and was offered about half off the marked price. When I stopped by on 5/14/93, this pot with a card indicating my name, address and the reduced price was still in the pawn safe. Offered an additional 20% off the reduced price, I decided the pot wanted to leave the security of the safe and move to Houston.