2013-14 Small Effigy Vessel with Molded Face

Object ID:

Nampeyo 1 (unsigned)

2.0” h X 2.438” w

Effigy images are not common in Hopi pottery. Small jar 2013-14 is one of only four in this collection. (2007-16, 2012-03, and 2013-24 being the others). See 2012-03 for references to photographs of several Hopi effigy pots not in this collection.

Like jar 2007-16, I believe that jar 2013-04 was formed and painted by Nampeyo. Readers are referred to that pot for the full explanation. I attribute 2013-14 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 guy (?) 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.

Purchase History:
Purchased 6/27/13 from Barbara Hire of Peoria, AZ with an eBay bid. [Receipt on file.] She wrote: “I purchased this at an estate sale (in Phoenix) about a month ago. No one was (still) living, therefore I don’t have any information…[The prior owners] were from the Midwest and I am in Arizona…(so) I would assume they bought it here.” Jar 2013-14 was partially paid for by my daughter Rebecca and her family as a Father’s Day gift.