2005-06 Small Bowl with Animal Face – Arrow Tongue

Object ID:
2005-06

Artist:
Unknown

Culture:
Hopi

Dimensions:
3.0" h X 5.5" w

This bowl, carefully but casually constructed in the folk art tradition, has a Sikyatki revival design and an animal face with a long, arrow-shaped tongue. Fewkes interprets the arrow tongue as representing lightning, but the meaning, though compelling, seems ambiguous. The animal face with the long tongue is reminiscent of the much older Jeddito pot in this collection, (1997-05). Somewhat similar zoomorphic designs are seen in the MNA collection, (Allen,1984:42 and 68, # #E853 and #E5404).

Purchase History:
Purchased from Fred Gumbartc of Azgallery, Tucson, AZ. Fred purchased the bowl from a friend “who inherited it from his mother, Catherine Zimmerman, in New York City. His father gave it to her as a gift from one of his numerous trips to the Southwest (Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Flagstaff, Denver) in the 1940s to 1950s. He is also deceased. The son said his mother treasured the bowl for many years.”