Seed jar

Native American (Hopi Pueblo)
about 1904–10
Potter Nampeyo (Sand Snake) (Hopi Pueblo, Hano (Tewa Village), First Mesa, 1860–1942)

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


Overall: 16.5 cm (6 1/2 in.) Diam.(Overall): 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Earthenware with slip paint

On View

Native North America Gallery (Gallery LG34)





Earth-red clay and slip. Jar’s widest point relatively low, neck turns in to mirror lower form and to form an opening about one-third the diameter. Four large, white hooked shapes encircle upper half with elongated black triangles swooping from behind. Black grid with a dot in each square on white ground below hook. Unbroken black line encircles vessel just below imagery.


Originally given to Margo Dawson's father, a patent attorney working with native tribes in the Southwest in the early part of the century; Margo Dawson to the mother of Joseph Elkins; sold to Dewey Galleries, Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1994; Purchased by MFA, 1995, from Dewey Galleries.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Independence Investment Associates, Inc.