Nampeyo

Nampeyo

Polychrome jar with abstracted eagle motifs (ca. 1920)

Polychrome jar with abstracted eagle motifs, dated around 1920. No documentation accompanied this exquisitely painted jar that the ASM received in 1951 as part of the Gila Pueblo Collection. The crisp, well executed rendering of a classic ancient design has led the Museum to attribute this piece to the Nampeyo family. This design appears on several pots that Nampeyo holds in 1901 photographs by Adam Clark Vroman, and also on a jar that rests in Nampeyo's lap in an Edward Curtis portrait. The filled-in dots at the ends of the curl motifs on this jar, however, leads others to believe that this is not Nampeyo's painting but that of her daughter Fannie, who favored this variation on the basic eagle tail design theme.