BONNIE SAHMIE (1958– )
HOPI POLYCHROME SMALL LADLE circa 2000
The Sahmie sisters are Hopi pottery royalty. Rachel, Jean, Nyla and Bonnie are daughters of Priscilla Namingha, granddaughters of Rachel Namingha, and great-grandaughters of Annie Healing, Nampeyo's eldest daughter. With ancestry like that, there's no mystery to the sisters' prominence. Bonnie is the least prolific of the four sisters, but achieved her own distinction by making some of the largest pieces any of them made. This small ladle is a piece she made several times, and we've seen other examples. The skipper moth in the bowl appears often on Nampeyo family pieces and from other Hopi potters. Perhaps the most estraordinary thing about this is the price. It's an opportunity to have a mint-condition Sahmie/Nampeyo piece at a price you'd expect to pay for a minor piece.
4-3/4" long x 3-3/4" wide x 3-1/4" high
Condition like new.