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A Hopi plainware pottery canteen,

circa 1880-1900

We think these great old Hopi plainware canteens are some of the most interesting and unique pieces of pottery ever to be made in the American Southwest. In the harsh desert climate of the Hopi mesas, water is literally life so these vessels were the most essential ceramics to sustaining life. They have the rough-hewn honest beauty of handmade implements of great utility, used and used and repaired and used again until they literally returned to the earth they came from.

The critical importance of these vessels to traditional, historic Hopi village life cannot be overemphasized and it adds an important additional dimension to their beautiful physical appearance--their deeply organic shape quite similar by intent to that of a woman’s breast, (the original source of human liquid nourishment and sustenance.) the subtle gradations of color found in the clays, the deep, dark, dramatic firing clouds and decades of patina from use.

This is a personal or individual-sized canteen which would have been suspended from a woven cotton or wool sash or leather thongs and worn across the shoulder to accompany a farmer on a trip to his fields or a traveler on a journey. 

The canteen measures 8" in height by  8" in width by

6 1/2" in depth and is in excellent original condition with no restoration.

Price $1,150

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