Nampeyo

Nampeyo

Polychrome olla (1920-1930)

Polychrome olla, around 1920-1930.

Our largest piece attributed to Nampeyo is this jar that was purchased along with GP6216 and GP6217 from the Commercial Museum in Holbrook. It was purchased in September of 1928 by the Gila Pueblo Foundation and is listed as a Nampeyo piece on the catalog card. Given extensive use-wear to the piece, including drips and adhering paper on the interior that indicate its probable use as a trash receptacle, an estimated time of manufacture could easily predate 1928 by 5-10 years. A similar jar in a private collection located by Nampeyo scholar Barbara Kramer was attributed to Daisy Nampeyo (granddaughter of Nampeyo through Annie Healing). Daisy was born in 1906, and was in Paris until the late 1920s (see Kramer 1996: 205, for the fascinating account of Daisy’s early life), so she is unlikely to have made this jar. It may represent a collaborative effort with Nampeyo and a relative. One unique feature is a break in the line that encircles the neck. While such breaks are very common in Southwestern pottery, they are not typically found on Nampeyo’s pots.