Place: Hopi, Southwest United States
Media: Clay and mineral paints
Dims: 4 x 10.25 in. (10.1 x 26 cm).
Date: c. 1890
This is an early example of Nampeyo’s work, incorporating glazed Polacca slip with a minimalistic interpretation of a Sikyatki design in two colors. The red form might be a prayer stick or a type of stick used to kick in competitive activities designed to bring blessings and moisture to Hopi agricultural fields.
Gift of Ralph T. Coe, 2011