HOPI POLYCHROME LADLE circa 1940
The ladle was a Hopi tourist specialty, and they've made countless ones for tourists since the 19th century. In recent months, we turned up three made by a single potter in the mid-20th century. They didn't make them just for tourists. The Hopi started making ladles a thousand years ago, and they've made them all along, beginning centuries before anyone called them "Hopi." See pages 18–19 of Collections of Southwestern Pottery, Hayes and Blom 1998. You'll also see a few scattered through the prehistoric and modern pages of our Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
8" long x 5-1/2" deep x 2-1/2" high
Condition very good