This Hopi polychrome shoulder jar features yellowware surface with black and red painted decoration. This grandiose jar is formed and decorated in the Hopi Hano style, a style named after Hano village (a community established by Tewa members of the Pueblo, now called the Village of Tewa). The style is an adaptation of the ancient Sikyatki forms and these characteristics include its slightly flattened top and sharp shoulders. Additionally, the surface decoration (like the spiral motif) is reminiscent of the same style.
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.
Larry Frank Collection, Arroyo Hondo, NM;
[Morning Star 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).