Polacca Polychrome bowl (ca. 1900)

  • Nampeyo 

"Perhaps made by Nampae. Beautiful Specimen," reads the catalog card for this bowl that was among a large collection of Indian materials purchased by the Arizona State Museum from Nelle A. Dermont of Williams, Arizona in 1919. Edward S. Curtis photographed Nampeyo in 1906 with a very similar bowl at her side. The early phase of Nampeyo’s artistic life is not well documented, hence, "perhaps" is as close as we will likely ever get to know if this is indeed her bowl.