2004-05 Casually Painted Folk Pot with Hooks and Geometric Designs

Object ID:
2004-05

Artist:
Unknown

Culture:
Hopi

Dimensions:
3.00” h X 3.50” w

This is a well formed, casually painted pot has a black rim and three roughly similar designs repeated on it. The designs incorporate a downward hook or horn; two of the three designs incorporate smaller black triangles and larger red triangles. The third horn has a solid red triangle. Step cloud images and two panels incorporate a cross stick pattern. These two panels also have a three-feather design that frames the break line. Although the painting is casual, it has a fine folk-art spirit that gives the pot unusual vitality and presence.

Purchase History:
Purchased on 7/6/04 on eBay from Keith Oberdick, Manchester, PA. The pot was originally purchased by a woman with the last name of Messinger, who lives in the York, PA area and at the time she sold the pot was 95. She purchased it while traveling in the 1950s.