Small polychrome jar (ca. 1923)

  • Nampeyo 

Small polychrome jar, collected 1923

Donor Charles Morgan Wood made a note in pencil on the base of this jar, "Bought from Nampeyo by CMW Aug. 1923." It is noted in records to have been made by Nampeyo and painted by her daughter. The inclusion of prickly pear motifs is unusual. In the 1920s, swastikas found their way onto all forms of Indian arts, from pottery to textiles, jewelry, basketry and beadwork. This practice was quickly curtailed in the next decade when the symbol became associated with Nazism. Annie was known to incorporate swastikas into her works, so it is likely that she was the daughter who decorated this vessel.