A Hopi piece by Maynard and Veronica Navasie. Maynard Navasie was of Tewa, kachina and Parrot Clan. He was born around 1945 and became an active pottery in 1960 with his wife. He made white ware with black and red designs. He was the grandson of Paqua Naha the first Frog Woman. The son of Joy Navasie the second Frog Woman and his father is Bill Navasie. He was married to Veronica Navasie and collaborated with her to make pottery(Schaaf, Pg. 123). Maynard passed away in 2003. Veronica is Hopi and comes from the Sun Clan and Walpi. She is the daughter of Woodrow Preston and Laura Preston. Some of her favorite designs are parrots and feathers (Schaaf, Pg. 124).
This is a flat kachina mana figure. According to a statement made by Maynard Navasie in Rick Dillingham's book , "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery". He mentions how his wife did all the shaping of vessels while he did the sanding, polishing and painting. Also that he learned from his mother but the painting he learned on his own.(pg. 68). This piece has a little scuffing but nothing major. It has no cracks or other damage. A fine piece to add to your collection.
1. Dillingham, Rick. "Fourteen Families in Pueblo Pottery" (1994) University of New Mexico Press.
2. Schaaf, Gregory." Hopi-Tewa Pottery, 500 Artist Biographies".(1998) Published by Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures Press.