|The creamy color of the seed jar is typical of Hopi clay, which is gray before firing but turns shades from cream or yellow to apricot or light red after firing. The jar has a minimal amount of painted design. Quotskuyva says that sometimes "that is all the pot wants, and you have to let it go." Ancient designs inspired the ABSTRACT and GEOMETRIC SHAPE forms of the jar; its triangles, rectangles, parallel lines, and spirals traditionally represent rain, lightening, and wind.
||The seed jar also contains distinguishing Nampeyo family
designs. Three triangle-tipped feathers sweep across the top of the
jar and fan out to the left side of the design as if blown by the
||Farther to the right, in contrast, an angular wing
of split feathers looks almost solid and geometric. Birds, especially
eagles, play an important ceremonial role in the life of the Hopi
people. The dry land of the mesas requires plenty of rain to produce
the crops of corn, melons, peaches, gourds, squash, and beans that
the Hopi rely upon. They believe the spirit of the eagle carries a
prayer for rain to the gods on behalf of the people.
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