Sikyatki Polychrome bowl with flower design
- Ancestral Pueblo
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.
This Sikyatki Polychrome bowl features a cross-shaped motif with a central floral form. The latter may represent a flower or the cross-section of a corn cob. Both motifs recall the Flower World, referencing fertility and abundance. Spattered paint around the bowl interior may further symbolize moisture.
- 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.