2002-05 Plainware Utility Bowl

Object ID:
2002-05

Artist:
Bessie Monongye

Culture:
Hopi, Old Oraibi, Third Mesa

Dimensions:
3.75" h x 8.25" w

Little pottery is made at Third Mesa. This pot was probably made for home use and not for sale.

Bessie Monongye was born on August 1, 1927 in Orabi and, as a small girl, was taught pottery and basket making by her grandmother Dalashongsie and now lives in her grandmother’s house near the plaza. She is the older sister of Treva Burton (2010-06). For detailed information and several photographs, see Teiwes (1966:33, 38-40, 135-137).

I have no idea who the red “JT” in magic marker on the bottom might be. However, when Hopi families share food at a dance, they sometimes mark their name on the bottom of a bowl so it can be returned to the correct person.

Purchase History:
Purchased on 6/9/02 on eBay from SD Clendenin of Truth or Consequences, in NM. He wrote that the pot came from a store in Santa Fe that closed in the 1970s.