Hopi low-shouldered pot, fine line design, Rachel Namingha Nampeyo, daughter (born 1903; died 1985) of Annie Nampeyo and mother of Priscilla. (For pots in the collection by Annie Healing and Priscilla Namingha, see the Artist List.) Similarly designed pots a) on the cover of Allen (1984) was made in 1951 and b) in Barsook (1974:35) created in 1973. Like pot 1994-12, these two pots seem rather finely drawn. On the other hand, the Rachel pot in Rick Dillingham’s collection (1994:44) is dated 1972 and is substantially more crude than 1994-12. Similarly, a 1978 pot formed by Rachel but painted by her sister Daisy Hooee (1989-06) is very thick and crude in shape. From this limited survey it is difficult to know when Rachel reached an age when her painting became shakier. Overall, given the fine drawing on 1994-12, its thin, controlled shape and apparent patina, I’d guess it was made in the 1950s or 1960s. All of which, of course, is only a guess.
Purchased on 5/25/94 from Morning Star Traders in Tucson, AZ. Morning Star had absolutely no records for the piece. It is impossible to know its age.