Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1901–04
Potter Nampeyo (Sand Snake) (Hopi Pueblo, Hano (Tewa Village), First Mesa, 1860–1942)

Object Place: Hopi-Tewa, Hano, First Mesa, Southwest, United States


Overall: 8.3 cm (3 1/4 in.) Diam.(Overall): 21.6 cm (8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)





Shallow, rounded, white-slipped bowl with pieced lug pinched out of body just below rim. Inner painting framed by sequence of bands (narrow, wide, narrow). “C” shape follows the encircling bands and terminates in short spiral with two tear-drop shapes appended. The “C” is crosscut five times repeating the band sequence. A split triangle with scallops points to inside center of “C” from which hang three long bars (red, spotted, red) ending in black triangular points. Bars separated by two red triangles. Three sets of three delicately painted slashes on rim.


Originally purchased by Walter Tennyson Swingle, who worked with the Department of Agriculture until 1922. Swingle's son found it in the attic of his East coast home in a box marked "Nampeyo." Purchased by Andrea Fisher Fine Pottery, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Purchased by the Museum in 1995.

Credit Line

Gift of Independence Investment Associates, Inc.