Seed Jar

Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1918
Probably by Nampeyo (Sand Snake) (Hopi Pueblo, Hano (Tewa Village), First Mesa, 1860–1942)

Object Place: Hopi, Hano, First Mesa, Arizona, United States


Overall: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.), overall diameter: 15.9 cm (6 1/4 in.), diameter of lip: 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

Not On View





Flat shouldered seed jar with red slip encircling lip, which has numerous minor nicks and one 1/2” chip. Symbols of earth’s fertility are encircled on shoulder. Two sets of four vertically stacked black rectangles with parallel lines extending from tops and bases of rectangles symbolize rain. Two sets of 4 vertically stacked rectangles, that are half sienna, half black, symbolize eagle feathers. Yellow low-fired earthenware with sienna and black clay slip.


Mr. David A. R. Thompson traveled and worked in the Southwest, and this vessel was given to him in the 1920s; his wife, Elizabeth Miller Thompson gave the vessel to her sister, Mrs. Evelyn Miller; to MFA, 1989, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Miller.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley A. Miller