Polychrome jar with corrugated neck (1920)

Polychrome jar with corrugated neck, around 1920.

The corrugation on the neck of this jar has been said to represent a period where, due to her failing eyesight, Nampeyo began to experiment with different textures. Nampeyo’s granddaughter Dextra Nampeyo felt that the corrugation was simply an artistic experimentation. The names "J.R.Willis" and "Nampuyo" both appear on the base, added before the piece was fired. Willis, a photographer from Gallup during the ‘teens, photographed Nampeyo near her clan kiva around 1918. It is assumed that this jar was made and collected at this time.