Lot 90F: 20th C. Hopi Gourd Dipper - Tadpole Motif
October 27, 2016
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Native American, Southwest, northeastern Arizona, Hopi, ca. 20th century CE. A ceremonial gourd dipper, hand-painted with a black-on-white swimming tadpole motif (referencing sperm and hence implying fertility) and on the backside a pyramidal arrangement of tadpole eggs. A wonderful example replete with meaningful iconography. Size: 11.5" L x 5" W at widest point (29.2 cm x 12.7 cm)
Provenance: Ex - Himrod estate, Anaheim, CA.
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Condition Report: Intact with minor areas of surface wear as shown.