This Hopi Revival polychrome bowl features white slip with black and red painted decoration. This disk-like bowl has an interior band of repeating motifs consisting of triangles, bands, and other similar shapes. Attached to the red-painted rim is a Pueblo clown. This figurine is visible from its shoulders and above, and the horizontal black stripes on its originally white surface aid to the depiction of the clown. This bowl is associated with the “Revival” age of Pueblo (especially Hopi) pottery because it was created during the early 20th century when pottery was revamped for tourism purposes.
The Hopi Reservation, traditionally known as Hopitutskwa, is an Indigenous nation located in northeastern Arizona. The community is comprised of Hopi and Tewa members, who continue to practice a living culture. Their traditional knowledge and beliefs are preserved and celebrated through their ceremonies, ways of life, and art production like pottery.
Gerald Peters Collection, Santa Fe, NM;
[Gerald Peters Gallery, Santa Fe, NM];
Santa Fe. Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery (July 30, 2022-May 29, 2023); New York. Vilcek Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Art (July 13, 2023-June 2, 2024); Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (October 27, 2024-January 19, 2025); St. Louis. St. Louis Art Museum (March 9-June 1, 2025).