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ELVA J. NAMPEYO (1980s– )

HOPI POLYCHROME SEED JAR 2011


This is a nice little example of 21st-century Nampeyo pottery, done by a great-great granddaughter of the old lady. Like her cousin Fannie Myron, who signs her work Fannie L. Polacca, Elva J. Nampeyo shares her name with a great 20th-century Hopi potter. The "real" Elva, Elva J.'s grandmother and the real Fannie Polacca's daughter, lived from 1926 to 1983 and produced an important body of work. Elva J., however works in the style of her mother, Adelle Nampeyo. There's no attempt to mislead here. Elva J. and Adelle fire in a kiln, which produces even surface colooring rather than the shading that occurs on older pit-fired pieces, and anyone with a slightly educated eye would never confuse the work of the two Elvas.


2-3/4" diameter x 1-3/4" high


Condition new  


S-633     $125