HOPI POLYCHROME MUTTON BOWL circa 1920
This is the classic mutton bowl, a big serving bowl shape that comes from Hopi more often than from any other Pueblo, and it's a textbook example—the right size, carefully made and polished and decorated according to the best Hopi standards. It's seen a lot of use over the years, and the wear on its traditional decoration is honorable. Paint wear caused by careless abrasion or mistreatment can diminish the value of a piece, but when a nearly hundred-year-old bowl has even wear from years of use, the wear becomes appropriate rather than disfiguring. It's on page 73 of the Second Edition of Southwestern Pottery, Anasazi to Zuni.
9-3/4" diameter x 3-3/4" high
Other than the paint wear, its condition is excellent for its age