Sikyatki Polychrome jar

Ancestral Pueblo
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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.

Adapted from

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