ADELLE NAMPEYO (1959– )
HOPI POLYCHROME SEED JAR 2005
Sometimes the Indian art market frustrates us for the way it honors certain artists to the point of excessive praise and almost completely ignores others. Adelle Nampeyo and her sister Miriam (born 1956) are prime examples of the disgracefully ignored. They both have impeccable family pedigree: great-granddaughters of Nampey. granddaughter of Fannie and daughters of Elva. They both have made beautiful, flawlessly skillful small pieces in the family tradition for forty years, yet their pieces have never commanded the prices they deserve. Since we specialize in the old and unusual and this doesn't qualify on either front, we normally wouldn't have offered it on our site. However we bought this classic Nampeyo seed jar at an auction at a price that was so low it actually made us mad. Because we bought it so cheap, we're selling it for an amount way below what it deserves. It's time the market started to recognize these two great potters. Meanwhile, we're doing our bit to help. In our new Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni, we put this on page one as the Hopi example in our one-from-each Pueblo full-page photograph.
4-1/2" diameter x 3-1/2" high
One from each, in Southwestern Pottery