2013-14 Small Effigy Vessel with Molded Face

Effigy images are not common in Hopi pottery.  See the “Category” listing for effigy pots in this collection.  The pot discussed here is a miniature version of a similar but larger  Nampeyo effigy pot in the collection, 2007-16.  Please see the catalog entry for a more-detailed discussion of Nampeyo and effigy pots.

I attribute 2013-14 to Nampeyo  based on similarities between the two vessels. The faces on both have the same pointed nose, red framing line around the nose and almond-shaped eyes and mouth. The form and image on 2007-16 are more elaborate because the jar is substantially larger, but a strong family resemblance indicates that the two pots were made by the same hand. Jar 2013-14 displays a polychromatic hair braid on the rear of the head—a feature lacking on the larger pot.

The chin was in part formed by pushing out the inside of the pot, leaving a depression on the inside that seems to be an imprint of Nampeyo’s finger. The pot is well formed and carefully finished. The painting is confident and expressive.

For a miniature pot, this little person has a lot of character and visual impact, particularly when paired with jar 2007-16, the pot is engaging,  Like a child with a parent.