Hopi Pottery Seed Jar, ca. 1908
My great-grandfather was doing some work probably around 1908 down in Mancos, Colorado. He got paid in trade with some pottery and rugs.
Have you heard of the potter named Nampeyo?
This was one of the great grand dames of pueblo pottery. Her husband unearthed pottery sherds from the ancient Anasazi cultures, 1,000 years old. Nampeyo, the wife, took those sherds and incorporated those designs into her contemporary pots, and that's what we see here: ancient designs on an early 20th century pot, okay? I don't know that this is necessarily the woman Nampeyo, but it is clearly her family. I think on a retail basis, this pot would sell for about $3,500.
And if I were to insure it, I would maybe go up to about $4,500. It'd be very hard to replace. If we could attribute this to the potter Nampeyo, we would increase the value by a factor of four. It's really beautiful.
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