The Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art

at the Abbeville County Library System, Abbeville, SC

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Polychrome Wedding Vase
Polychrome Wedding Vase (#69)
Joy Navasie (1919–2012)— Hopi-Tewa

Navasie began making pottery when she was about 17 years old, learning from her female relatives, particularly her mother who developed the pure white slip in the mid-1950s.  Navasie picked up the tradition and continued it until her retirement in 1995. Her daughters have now continued the tradition.  The dual spouts of the wedding jar represent the bonding of the male and female; the bride and groom drinking from one spout but of the same water, helping to seal their wedding promise.

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