2007-07 2007-08 Small Seedpot #1 & #2 signed with a Tobacco Leaf

Object ID:
2007-07 2007-08

Artist:
Daisy Nampeyo

Culture:
Hopi-Tewa

Dimensions:
2.75” X 3.25" & 2.56” X 3.56”

Pot 2007-07 incorporates four rows of dots in the design; the design on 2007-08 lacks these dots. Daisy’s Tewa name translates as “hotness of tobacco” and her early identification mark was the tobacco leaf, which appears on both pots. (See Stanislawski,1976:64). On file, I have an 8×10 enlargement of a Frasher postcard titled “Hopi Indian Pottery Makers Nampeyo and her Granddaughter” that shows Nampeyo and Daisy making pottery. Nampeyo is old and obviously blind, and judging from other photos taken of Nampeyo, the photograph was taken in the late 1930s. Daisy is posed painting her tobacco leaf identification mark on the bottom of a bowl. The unusually dark color of the design and the contrasting dramatic red “teardrop” shape on the top surfaces of the vases are similar to seed pot 2001-07 by Daisy’s aunt, Fannie Nampeyo, and also seems reminiscent of the art deco style popular in the 1930s. Perhaps not coincidently, Daisy studied at the Ecole des Beaux Art in Paris when the art deco style was developed in France.

Purchase History:
Purchased on 4/20/07 on eBay from Karen Steinbock of Prosser, WA. She writes, “The gentleman who owned the two Hopi vases purchased them in 197(6). He does not remember what the location was. (He) and his wife used to travel around the country, attended estate sales and antique shows and acquired a vast number of Native American pieces…. His notes on the vases say : 02/03/76, 2 ¾” tall, signed with feather, Hopi, 2 small polychrome pots, circa 1938, a matched pair, old label says Keams Canyon, AZ. He does not remember why he wrote circa 1938….”