On a rounded base, with high shoulder, tapering neck and slight flaring rim, masterfully painted in a flowing pattern of surmounted hatchured bands of opposing wing motifs. height 19 1/2in, diameter 16 3/4in
Provenance: Hubbell Trading Post; the Kinsolving family, who took over the Post after Lorenzo Hubbell's death; Margaret Kilgore, Scottsdale; to the present owner
The olla was reported to have previously hung from the rafters at the Hubbell Trading Post. According to the owner, Kilgore showed her a vintage photo of it in situ, though the current whereabouts of the photo is unknown. The lot is accompanied by a hand-written letter from Ms. Kilgore explaining how the opposing wing design served as an inspiration for the "migration" pattern innovated by the legendary Hopi potter Nampeyo: "This pot was from the Lorenzo Hubbell Collection and has the historic interest of being the design pot which started the old 'Nampeyo' pattern. The heiress of this collection told me Smithsonian Institute dug it near Old Oraibi and dated it 1050, later showing it to Nampeyo and encouraged her to do that design."
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