FREIDA POLEAHLA (circa 1930-1995)

HOPI SHALLOW BOWL circa 1990


We feel that Freida made this Pahlik-Mana kachina face bowl late in her life. When we compare the painting on this with the assured painting on our S-436, also on our site, we get the impression of an artist nearing the end of the trail. According to Gregory Schaaf’s Hopi-Tewa Pottery (1998), she was active from the 1950s on. We suspect her work may go back a bit before then, to the days when few artists signed their work. Judging by the age of her daughter Colleen, however, she couldn’t have been born much before 1930.  Although Freida went through life in the shadow of better-publicized artists, Colleen rates a long entry in Schaaf. This is in excellent condition, and it’s one of the few latter-day kachina-face pieces we’ve seen from Hopi.


6-1/4” diameter x 2” high


Condition like new


S-641      $395



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