POLYCHROME CANTEEN circa 1925
This is the kind of piece that wishful sellers attribute to the Nampeyo family, but there were a lot of potters not named Nampeyo at Hopi in 1925, and this was most likely made by one of the others. Yes, it uses design elements that show up on Nampeyo pottery, but by 1925, those elements had become basic marketable Hopi pottery, and the painting is a bit too casual for any Nampeyo who was past being a beginner. The canteen itself, however, is properly made. The painting may only score a 5 or a 6 on a scale of 10, but the pot craftsmanship scores a 9. Here we have a canteloupe-sized hundred-year-old Hopi canteen in excellent ccondition with virtually no paint abrasion at a price that's well below the market rate. This came from a collection gathered in the 1920s and 1930s and stayed in the family until they called us.
6-1/4" wide x 4" deep x 6-1/4" high
Condition excellent considering its age.