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Paqua Naha of the Hopi/Tewa, whose first name means 'frog' in Spanish, is more commonly known as the Old Frog Woman. The matriarch of the famed Naha/Navasie family of potters, many of whom have adopted some variation of her frog hallmark, Naha was prolific from 1910-1955. Known for her challenging pottery shapes-particularly her low seed jars-Naha worked largely with yellowware pottery until late in life when she is credited with developing the white-slipped pottery her family continues making to this day. Naha's pieces are typically found in private collections because her pottery was created for the tourist market; however the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, do have a select few of her pieces in their permanent collections. Our offering in this auction is a classic example of her 'black and red on white' designs and carries Naha's signature frog hallmark with straight toes. Sources: Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies, American Indian Art Series, by Gregory Schaaf. Santa Fe, NM: CIAC Press, 1998. pp. 79-81. Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni, by Allan Hayes and John Blom. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Publishing, 1996. p. 72. Adobe Gallery website Museum of Northern Arizona, Elaine Hughes, Curator of Fine Arts, 10/8/2008.

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