GARNET PAVATEA (1915-1981)

HOPI MOCCASINS circa 1965


Garnet Pavatea was one of the great Hopi potters, but her celebrity rested to a great deal on her redware with impressed decoration—rows of triangles she pressed in with an old-fashioned beer can opener. Her reputation might be greater today if she’d made more of her elegant painted ware. Few potters before or since have painted as well as Garnet. She made little moccasin pairs occasionally, sometimes with the beer can opener indentations and sometimes, like here, without.


Left (J-14) 3-3/4” long x 2-1/2” wide x 3-5/8” high

Right (J-15) 3-5/8” long x 2-3/8” wide x 3-1/2” high


This is from the collection of John W. Barry, author of American Indian Pottery (Books Americana, 1980)—the reference book we used when we began our own collection.


Condition like new


J-14/J-15      $575

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