Though at first glance, this doll doesn't appear to be much, it is actually quite important for the student or collector of Hopi pottery. The cloth doll was handmade by the exceptional Hopi potter Rachel Namingha, of Nampeyo family lineage. She created this piece in the 1970's towards the end of her life when she was blind. In fact, daughter Dextra Quotskuyva was by Rachel Namingha's side as she made the doll. Dextra originally drew on a face that since worn off. This doll is a Hopi maiden as seen by the hand-tied yarn swirls in her hair. The maiden is wearing traditional Hopi dress with blue lace petticoat underneath. Unlike Rachel Namingha's pottery, nothing on this doll is perfect. Instead, it is more akin to a lovingly made piece of folk art. The doll does show some age, and there is some staining on the arm as shown in the photograph. There is also a little staining on the doll's legs. Additionally, there is a tear on the arm of the doll's shirt. Despite the rougher shape of the doll, collectors will understand the true significance. She is being offered for the first time out of Marti Struever's own private collection. The maiden doll measures 14 1/2" high with a 14" arm span.
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