Awatovi Black-on-yellow bowl

CULTURE:
Ancestral Pueblo
DATE:
1300–1400
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General Description

Sikyatki Polychrome bowls are named for the ancient Hopi site of Sikyatki, which means “yellow house.” The vessels were produced in the Hopi region of northern Arizona from the late 14th to early 17th century. The base color is generally a pale yellow, similar to other substyles of ancient Jeddito Yellow Ware vessels, such as the Jeddito Black-on-yellow and Awatovi Black-on-yellow ceramic types. Designs were painted with dark black and red iron-based pigments. Bowls are common forms, usually painted on the interior and often on the exterior as well.

Similar to Sikyatki Polychrome wares, the name of this ceramic type derives from an ancient Hopi site of Awat’ovi, which boasted ancient wall paintings. As a sub-type of Jeddito Yellow Wares, this Awatovi Black-on-yellow bowl relates to Sikyatki Polychrome and Jeddito Black-on-yellow vessels through the use of coal firing to produce a creamy yellow base color and paint with iron-rich pigment.

Adapted from

  • Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit, Gallery text [Sikyatki Polychrome and Yellow Ware Vessels], 2018.
  • Kimberly L. Jones, PhD, Hopi Visions: Journey of the Human Spirit, Label text, 2018.