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An early, historic “San Bernardo polychrome” type pottery chalice,

Hopi, circa 1680-1700. 3 1/2" height, 4" diameter. Private Collection.

Annie Healing Nampeyo with some of her own and Nampeyo’s pottery, circa 1905

Photo copyright by Adam Clark Vroman.

A lovely, historic Hopi pottery chalice or cup

by Annie Healing Nampeyo, circa 1910-1920

This beautiful ceramic vessel was made by Annie Nampeyo (1884-1968), the eldest daughter of the renowned Hopi pottery matriarch, Nampeyo of Hano. Annie learned pottery-making from infancy at her Mother’s side and was also likely helped

by her Father, Lesou, who some scholars believe was an accomplished potter and pottery painter himself.

Annie began coming into her own as a potter at a very young age, in her pre-teen years. At first, she helped Nampeyo form and paint vessels and soon began making her own pottery as well. Completely grounded as she was in the family tradition her Mother began, Annie’s pottery is often extremely similar to Nampeyo’s in shapes and general design motifs, but, on her own personal vessels, her painting and designs are generally somewhat looser in form and line.

This fine small chalice or footed cup is a very good example. The form is rooted in the “Sikytaki-Revival” style of Hopi pottery popularized by Nampeyo, and based on early Spanish-style chalices made originally for priests at the Franciscan churches at Hopi in the late 17th Century. The design Annie painted on this chalice is very intricately rendered in black-on-yellow and is cleverly divided into alternating triangular panels. The vessel is beautifully formed, finely-polished and extremely well-fired, all strong indications of Annie’s accomplished work. Like Nampeyo, Annie did not customarily sign her pottery, particularly in the early years before the 1930’s when Hopi and other Pueblo potters first began signing their work. In the course of doing our scholarly due diligence, we showed photographs of this chalice to the distinguished historic Hopi pottery scholar and author, Edwin L Wade, Ph.D., for his opinion on its maker. Dr. Wade also attributed the piece to being the work of Annie Healing Nampeyo.

The chalice measures 4 3/4” in height and is 3 1/2” in diameter. It is in excellent original condition, particularly

considering its century or so of age, with no restoration or overpainting in evidence. This is a very beautiful and interesting pottery piece by one of the most important of all known historic Pueblo potters.

Price $975

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