Collection: Fenn

Item Number: FCHP235

Category: Pot

Region: Southwest

Tribe: Hopi

Period: 1900-1925

Materials: Clay and pigments

Description: All the pottery types from First Mesa are descended from the prehistoric Jeddito yelloware, a matte-finish yellow pottery with black decoration. The clay derives its name from the nearby Jeddito wash, where it was mined. The brown color is obtained by boiling bee weed, a desert plant that produces a black color when boiled down, but fires a dark brown. Because the clay has a pleasing, soft luster after it is polished with a stone, the Hopis use no slip to color the surface. However, for a brief time in the late 1800's , they experimented with a yellowish-white slip obtained from the Zunis.

Dimensions: Height 15 inches


Hanson, James A., Spirits in the Arts: From the Plains and Soutwest Indian Cultures, The Lowell Press, Kansas City, 1994, pp 228

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