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POLACCA POLYCHROME BOWL circa 1850


During the mid-nineteenth century, times were hard at Hopi, and many Hopis moved to Zuni, whose religion they shared. While they were there, they learned to make pottery the Zuni way, with a Zuni white slip. It crackled and crazed, leaving all-over hairline cracks on the slipped surface. This crazing is characteristic of the Zuni-inspired style we now call Polacca Polychrome. Ironically, the style has nothing to do with Nampeyo's brother Tom Polacca or the town named after him at the foot of Hopi's First Mesa. Earlier Polacca Polychrome pieces used Zuni designs, volutes and geometry that characterized Zuni pieces of the period. As the style progressed, Polacca Polychrome assumed a more Hopiesque personality. This piece is as clear an example of Hopi-as-Zuni we've ever owned. All the designs are pure Zuni, and by our reckoning, tells the story every bit as well the piece we showed on page 72 of our Southwestern Potter, Anasazi to Zuni. It's an important piece of history and belongs in a serious collection.


6" square x 3-3/8" high


Condition really good for its age. No discernable repairs or restoration.  


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