Polychrome jar with abstracted eagle motifs (1900-1910)

Polychrome jar with abstracted eagle motifs, around 1900-1910. Part of a large collection of Indian art donated to the Museum by heirs of Matthew Howell, this piece is attributed to Nampeyo. Howell was a traveling harness and saddlery salesman around the turn of the century who also for a time ran a trading post in Phoenix called Arizona Saddlery. Tucson Indian arts dealer Tom Bahti identified the jar as the work of Nampeyo; he based this identification on the "style and technique." The extremely finely rendered four-way design, similar to that on the previous jar and on the next one, is certainly one of Nampeyo's hallmarks. A date of around 1900-1910 is likely for this piece.