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A historic Hopi four-color polychrome pottery tile

by Annie Healing Nampeyo, circa 1900

A very beautiful and interesting early Hopi pottery tile by the talented Hopi potter, Annie Healing Nampeyo (1884-1968), eldest daughter of the renowned Hopi pottery Matriarch, Nampeyo of Hano (1859-1942). 

The tile features an interesting geometric design using the Nampeyo family’s well-known “Kilroy” motif.

The tile is painted in a four-color polychrome design, as opposed to the usual three-color, made with the addition of a thick, ground Kaolin white paint, which is another tell-tale signature of Nampeyo and Annie’s work as is the presence of high-temperature coal-firing with its characteristic whitish-yellow firing blushes.

The tile measures 3 1/2” by 3 1/4” and it is approximately 3/8” thick. It is in very good original condition for its one hundred fifteen or so years of age with some scuffing at the corners and a small chip at one corner. This piece would be an unusual and rare addition to any Pueblo pottery collection.

Price $875

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