(1890 - 1955)
Paqua First Frogwoman Naha was active/lived in New Mexico, Arizona. Paqua Naha is known for Hopi-Tewa yellow ware pottery-frog hallmark.
Biography from Altermann Galleries and Auctioneers, IV
Paqua Naha of the Hopi/Tewa, whose first name means 'frog' in Spanish, is more commonly known as the Old Frog Woman. The matriarch of the famed Naha/Navasie family of potters, many of whom have adopted some variation of her frog hallmark, Naha was prolific from 1910-1955. Known for her challenging pottery shapes-particularly her low seed jars-Naha worked largely with yellowware pottery until late in life when she is credited with developing the white-slipped pottery her family continues making to this day.
Biography from Adobe Gallery
Naha's pieces are typically found in private collections because her pottery was created for the tourist market; however the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, and the Heard Museum, Phoenix, do have a select few of her pieces in their permanent collections. Our offering in this auction is a classic example of her 'black and red on white' designs and carries Naha's signature frog hallmark with straight toes.
Hopi-Tewa Pottery: 500 Artist Biographies, American Indian Art Series, by Gregory Schaaf. Santa Fe, NM: CIAC Press, 1998. pp. 79-81.
Southwestern Pottery: Anasazi to Zuni, by Allan Hayes and John Blom. Flagstaff, AZ: Northland Publishing, 1996. p. 72.
Adobe Gallery website www.adobegallery.com. Museum of Northern Arizona, Elaine Hughes, Curator of Fine Arts, 10/8/2008.
Paqua Naha was the original Frogwoman and the mother of Joy Navasie, the current Frogwoman. She was born around 1890 and passed away in 1955. Paqua, which means Frog, signed her pottery with a frog hallmark. Her hallmark is distinguishable from her daughters because she used straight-line feet and Joy uses webbed feet. She was an outstanding and well-respected potter throughout her entire productive life.
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Paqua, for most of her career, produced polychrome decorated wares on a yellow or cream slip. It was not until the last three years of her life that she developed the white ware that is so closely associated with the Frogwoman family of potters.
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